From Spain: Real Betis wait for Man City decision on player, Girona and Celtic also want him

Real Betis are awaiting a decision from Manchester City before potentially bringing in Oleksandr Zinchenko from the Premier League champions, ABC de Sevilla reports.

Zinchenko has played no part in City’s opening three games of the season – the Community Shield and two Premier League ties – and was also absent from the team photo after yesterday’s game.

La Liga side Betis are eager to sign Zinchenko, most likely on loan, but he is also tempted by City’s partner club Girona FC – who have already taken Aleix Garcia and Patrick Roberts for the season – while Celtic are one of several new suitors to have come knocking on the door.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was in attendance at City’s 6-1 win over Huddersfield on Sunday, though it is doubtful that Zinchenko would head to Scotland, and Douglas Luiz or Philippe Sandler might be more realistic options for Celtic.

What could make City hesitate on letting Zinchenko go is the injury to Kevin De Bruyne, which is expected to keep the 27-year-old out for around three months. Oleks is a versatile player and in pre-season did a commendable job in a central midfield role, something Guardiola will consider before letting the Ukraine international go.

Zinchenko almost joined Wolves in a £16million deal during the English market, but on the day his medical was planned, changed his mind. Reports from Spain suggest he is now more open to a departure, even if a temporary one.

A decision is expected in the next week or so with Europe’s transfer windows all due to close by the end of the month.

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