Earlier today, Manchester City completed the signing of Ukrainian international Oleksandr Zinchenko from FC Ufa for an undisclosed fee.
Zinchenko is one of the most exciting talents to come out of the former eastern bloc for years, and recently became Ukraine’s youngest ever player to score an international goal at the age of 19, beating a record held by national legend Andriy Shevchenko.
After confirming his sale, FC Ufa general director Shamil Gazizov offered words to Sport FM about the player, and he spoke glowingly of the winger.
“I have no doubt he’ll be able to gain a foothold at Manchester City,” the 47-year-old said, adding, “He has a strong desire to become a great football player. I hope he will be a star and will positively remember his stay at Ufa.”
But what does the immediate future hold for Zinchenko? He has been linked with a loan move to PSV, who today said they’re aware of him but have no concrete plans to sign him at this moment. Gazizov thinks he may not need a loan, saying, “I think he’ll be a Manchester City player this coming season. That is, immediately. At least, I hope so. I know the English club are very interested in him.”
Whether he is used by Pep Guardiola immediately or loaned out, City have signed up a player of immense talent, who well-known talent spotters Borussia Dortmund also tried to sign.