Cape Town - Juventus were reportedly knocked back in their attempt to
sign Oleksandr Zinchenko in the off-season, after Manchester City
slapped a £40 million price tag on the left-back.
It's understood the Serie A champions asked after the Ukraine
international when also negotiating the £60 million transfer of Portugal
defender Joao Cancelo to the Etihad, which saw Danilo move the other way
as a £34 million makeweight.
Juve's director of football Fabio Paratici was keen for City to throw
22-year-old Zinchenko into the equation, but the Manchester giants
responded with a firm 'no' and duly handed him a new five-year-deal
worth £85 000-per-week.
The player has since been joined in Manchester by his fiancee, and
City have made it clear they now value him way above the £1.8 million
they paid to sign him from Russian minnows FC Ufa back in 2016.
Zinchenko's emergence with the Citizens is a real tale of
perseverance and a determination to show Pep Guardiola he could fill the
left-back void left by Benjamin Mendy's knee issues during the last two
He turned down a £17 million move to Wolverhampton Wanderers last year
to fight for his place and City feel he will only continue to improve
under Guardiola's watchful guidance during the next couple of years.
There are certainly times when Zinchenko can remind you he is still a
winger by trade, linking up well with winger Raheem Sterling and making
up another man in midfield when City are dominating the ball.
City insiders have also spoken of his outgoing nature and positive
influence inside the dressing room, added to his excellent attitude to
training, sometimes coming in on his days off to work-out on the
That is the type of desire Guardiola likes to see from all his
players and a hunger to show they can keep pushing themselves, rather
than letting silverware go to their heads.
- TeamTalk Media