Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko is reportedly attracting interest from Serie A side Lazio this month and the Citizens should cash in on the Ukrainian.
According to Italian news outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi (via Sport Witness), the Manchester City man has emerged as a January target for Lazio after he was proposed to the club, with manager Simone Inzaghi keen on the idea of signing him.
It also suggests that while no contact has been made yet, the Serie A side could look to sign Zinchenko on loan before paying €20 million (£18 million) to sign him permanently.
The 24-year-old has struggled for game time at Manchester City this season, making his first start in the Premier League in City’s 3-1 win against Chelsea recently, which was perhaps only due to the number of first-team players Pep Guardiola was missing for that match.
Nathan Ake has done at left-back since joining from Bournemouth in the summer, whilst Joao Cancelo has also impressed there at times this season, meaning Zinchenko has mainly been limited to appearances in cup competitions.
Whilst he is perhaps more reliable than the Benjamin Mendy at left-back, there is unlikely to be interest in the former Monaco man because of his injury issues, so this interest from Lazio represents a real opportunity for City to cash in on a player who is perhaps unlikely to ever be a regular in Guardiola’s side.
City signed Zinchenko from FC Ufa in 2016 for a reported fee of just £1.8 million, with Guardiola later converting him to a left-back, and he has gone on to make 76 appearances for the first-team in his time with the club.
The 24-year-old was rewarded with a new contract with City in 2019, with Txiki Begiristain full of praise for him after signing, saying:
“Zinchenko has shown over the past two seasons what a superb talent he is.
“Not only does he have a wonderful first touch and left-foot, he is a player completely focused on becoming the best footballer he can be.”
However, it seems that he is unlikely to be a first-team regular again any time soon, so if City could sell him for £18 million this month, or in the summer, they would be making a huge profit on the Ukrainian, which would represent excellent business by the club’s sporting director Begiristain.
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