Real Betis continue to wait to learn if Manchester City will let Oleksandr Zinchenko join them before the Spanish transfer window closes, but in the meantime they are doing the groundwork on a deal.
The La Liga club are best-positioned to sign 21-year-old Zinchenko, who has yet to be involved in any of Pep Guardiola’s Man City squads this season, and it is thought that despite snubbing a £16million move to Wolves on deadline day, Oleks is open to a move.
According to ABC de Sevilla, representatives of Zinchenko met with Real Betis chiefs on Monday to make progress on the day, specifically sorting out details between the Zinchenko camp and Betis. However, despite further talks, nothing is done yet either between the clubs or between Betis and the player.
If City do agree to let Zinchenko go, the formula of the transfer will also have to be discussed – whether the Ukrainian is sent to Seville on dry loan, loan with option/obligation to buy, or an outright sale.
If Betis did want Zinchenko permanently, City would at least want the same figure – £16million – that Wolves were ready to pay during the English transfer window.
Girona FC and Celtic are among the other clubs keen on Zinchenko, and with the clock ticking before Europe’s transfer windows shut, a decision on his future must be made soon.
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