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Arsenal fans may have reason to keep an eye on latest Manchester City transfer rumour - opinion

Manchester City’s links with a new left back in the shape of Marc Cucurella should boost Arsenal hopes of signing Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The Times report that Cucurella is City’s transfer priority after the announcement of Erling Haaland.

But they also say that Brighton are unwilling to let the Spaniard go, one season after bringing him to the club.

The fact that Brighton have just sold Yves Bissouma means they have less financial incentive to let Cucurella go and also are more unwilling to lose two stars in the same window.

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Cucurella to City would boost Arsenal Zinchenko hopes

The Times are also among the outlets to report that Arsenal are interested in City left-back Zinchenko.

If Cucurella came in, it would surely increase the chances of City letting Zinchenko go, and also perhaps the Ukraine international would push to leave for more gametime.

That means that Arsenal fans should really be keeping their eye on the latest rumour coming out of City, and how well they do in getting Cucurella from Brighton.

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That is a similar situation to the one which has led Arsenal to be close to signing Gabriel Jesus.

City signed Erling Haaland – and Julian Alvarez before that – meaning that Jesus is now happy to leave in search of more regular football.

It could be another example with Zinchenko and Cucurella, with a shuffle which works for all parties, so long as Brighton get the fee they want for the man who had a breakthrough season last time out.

The Athletic say that City will start formal contacts with Brighton within days to discuss Cucurella and there is confidence that a deal can be reached if the Seagulls come down from their £50 million current valuation.

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