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Napoli call off loan deal for Manchester City youngster, who could play a role in Guardiola’s plans

Napoli have ended their long-running pursuit of Manchester City youngster Oleksandr Zinchenko late in the day, both Rai Sport and Sportitalia report this evening.

The two clubs had outlined a loan deal for the talented 20-year-old, which would become a €6million permanent deal once he made 25 appearances (of 45+ minutes).

The hold-up was Napoli’s struggle to sell Emanuele Giaccherini, but Sportitalia says that he will now be staying at the club. Coach Maurizio Sarri apparently had some reservations about young Zinchenko, and the club have ended their interest.

Unless of a late loan deal, Zinchenko will now remain at Man City, which may not be a bad thing given his versatility in playing several positions, meaning he could become a useful squad player in Pep Guardiola’s side should he stick around.

Signed for £1.5 million from FC Ufa last summer, the Ukraine international arrived with some hype and Man City had to fend off competition from Borussia Dortmund for his signature. He spent last season on loan at PSV Eindhoven, a move that didn’t really work out for him with limited appearances.

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