Manchester City could reportedly look to cash in on Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer as they target signing a left-back to keep Pep Guardiola’s side ticking – and some Leeds fans believe the Ukraine international would be ideal for Marcelo Bielsa’s team.
The Premier League leaders need a left-back. They have dominated this season, but have done it by playing Joao Cancelo on the left side of the defence – or 24-year-old Zinchenko, who is seen as somewhat of a weak link in Guardiola’s side.
Guardiola wants his club to replace him, and with City sitting at the top of the Premier League, in the Carabao Cup final and favourites to win both the FA Cup and Champions League – he is likely to be backed in the summer transfer window.
A new left-back is expected. Indeed, it is believed that Guardiola has targeted Germany international Robin Gosens as the man to solve his left-back conundrum – with Benjamin Mendy struggling to stay fit and Angelino has been sold permanently.
Indeed, Italian website Tutto Mercato Web state that Manchester City are battling Juventus and Inter Milan to sign Gosens – who has had a hand in 15 goals during his 30 appearances from the left flank this season. He is rated at £26million.
The same report states that if Gosens does move to Manchester City from Champions League side Atalanta, then City will ‘listen to offers’ for Ukraine international Zinchenko. It could see Leeds take advantage, and bring the left footer to Elland Road.
Zinchenko is a proper player. You have to be good to play 86 times at senior level for Manchester City and while he might not be first choice at The Etihad, the left-back would be a top player for mid-table Premier League clubs – such as Leeds.
But that is not the only reason, in why Leeds need to look at Zinchenko. Indeed, his versatility is just as crucial for Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa prefers to have players in his side that can play in numerous positions – just ask Stuart Dallas.
The Northern Ireland man has played on either side of the defence this season, out wide, in holding midfield and in attacking midfield. Other players, such as Rodrigo, Luke Ayling and Pascal Struijk have also shown quality in numerous positions.
His wages are affordable, too. Zinchenko is on just £20,000 a week at City (Spotrac), but most importantly – Leeds need a left-back and Zinchenko’s attacking style of play, athleticism and technical abilities make him perfect for the role.
The only issue regarding a move for Zinchenko – other than whether City sign a replacement first in the likes of Gosens – is how much City would charge for Zinchenko. But if they have signed a new left-back, they are hardly going to hold out for a big fee.
The relationship between Leeds and Manchester City – helped by Ian Poveda and Jack Harrison’s moves to Elland Road, and that of Bielsa and Guardiola – could help. Leeds fans, at least, are desperate to see Zinchenko signed by the Whites this summer.
Can play CM as well.
— Adam Ross (@rossi_on) March 3, 2021
He'll be worth a fortune and is contracted till 2024, he may be a better defender than what we have but attacking wise his creativity is not even up to alioski going forward. Bielsa's full backs are part of the attacking unit, so I'd be very surprised on this one.
— LeedsUnitedonly (@unitedonly_l) March 3, 2021
Said this to my old man before the start of the prem! He would be an awesome signing loads of pace and a good left foot
— Stewart ⚽️ LUFC ⚪️ (@StewMasters) March 3, 2021
— Sam Rose-Brown (@sam_brown7) March 3, 2021
Get on it Radz
— leedsunited_news (@leeds_utd_news) March 3, 2021
Defo but think his wages would be too high plus I reckon he’d want champions league
— paul smith (@elisejoliesmith) March 3, 2021
Radz has to consider him
— Matty💛💙 (@LUFCEclipse) March 3, 2021