Monday, April 3, 2023

Arsenal could use Oleksandr Zinchenko as part of player-plus-cash deal to sign £80-million-rated defender - Reports

Arsenal could include Oleksandr Zinchenko in a potential swap deal for AC Milan left-back Theo Hernandez.

As per Italian outlet Calciomercato.it (h/t Football-Talk), Hernandez is valued between £71-80 million. The Gunners have Zinchenko and Kieran Tierney in the left-back position but could use one of them as a makeweight in a deal for the Frenchman.

Tierney has struggled for regular playing time under Mikel Arteta, especially after Zinchenko’s arrival last summer. The Scotland international has featured in 29 games across competitions this term, starting 13.

Tierney could reportedly take a call on his future at the Emirates at the end of the campaign. Zinchenko, meanwhile, signed for Arsenal from Manchester City for a fee of £32 million with add-ons before the start of the season.

The Ukraine international has been a valuable addition to Arteta’s title-chasing side, starting 21 Premier League games this campaign. His technical prowess, coupled with ability to deliver a killer final ball, makes him one of the finest left-backs around.

It will be a surprise if the Gunners allow Zinchenko to leave so soon after signing him, especially after his stellar performances. Hernandez, 25, would make for a brilliant addition to most teams.

The French left-back has pace to burn and can pass and dribble the ball with precision. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t make much sense for the Gunners to go through the hassle of signing him when they already have a quality left-back in Zinchenko.

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