Arsenal reach verbal agreement to sign Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko

Arsenal have reached a verbal agreement with Manchester City to buy Oleksandr Zinchenko for a fee in the region of £30m.

Provided personal terms, including length of contract, can be agreed with the Ukraine international he should become Arsenal’s fifth summer signing and their second from City following the £45m arrival of Gabriel Jesus.

Mikel Arteta worked with both players at City while an assistant to Pep Guardiola. Zinchenko is capable of covering a number of positions, notably on the left but also in central midfield.

On Friday City blocked Nathan Aké’s proposed transfer to Chelsea but they have been willing to sell Zinchenko at the right price. His exit is likely to hasten their move for Brighton’s left-back Marc Cucurella.

Zinchenko joined City from the Russian club Ufa in 2016 and made 128 appearances for them, including 10 Premier League starts last season. Arsenal’s signings in addition to Jesus have been the creative midfielder Fábio Vieira, back-up goalkeeper Matt Turner and 19-year-old forward Marquinhos, who has been described by Edu, Arsenal’s technical director, as one for the future.