Since Oleksandr Zinchenko completed his move from FC Ufa to Manchester City, the big question has been whether he will be a part of Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans or go out on loan to continue his development.
Zinchenko has been training with Pep’s squad, often appearing in the background of official club photos, so the new manager may be assessing whether the 19-year-old is ready. This is backed up by today’s information from SPORT, claiming interested clubs have yet to be given an answer by sporting director Txiki Begiristain.
Two of the Eredivisie’s top clubs, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord, have already asked for Zinchenko, it is reported, but City appear undecided on whether he stays or goes. The article also has details of the youngster’s signing, saying it was handled with discretion and his medical was done in Barcelona, rather than Manchester. A La Liga side is also mentioned as a possible loan destination for the Ukrainian winger should City decide a loan move would be best for him.
The other half of the story covers City’s talented group of Spanish youngsters – ‘Spanish City’ as the title puts it. Right-back Pablo Maffeo, who spent half of last season on loan at Girona, is expected to be loaned out again. Left-back Angeliño has an ‘immense list of suitors’, SPORT states, but there is still a possibility a first-team opening could appear for him if Aleksandar Kolarov leaves and no one is signed to replace him.
Manu and Aleix García could benefit from a loan moves, but it is still unknown what City plan for the two teenage midfielders. It’s quite possible Pep Guardiola, who is famous for working with young players and developing their talents, could choose to promote a couple of City’s academy gems to his first-team squad.