OLEKS ZINCHENKO is weighing up whether to take a new challenge at Arsenal – or stay to fight for his place at Manchester City.
The champions are happy with the Gunners offer of £30 million plus £2m add-ons for the versatile Ukraine international.
And personal terms are in place on a four-year deal.
But the 25-year-old has yet to agree to a move to North London – where he would link up with his former City coach Mikel Arteta.
In the past, Zinchenko has turned down moves to Wolves and Napoli.
Instead, he preferred to stay at the Etihad where he knows he will win trophies.
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He is currently with Pep Guardiola’s squad on their two-match US tour and has been playing a full part in training and the community activities.
He even gave an interview to City’s website about the preparations for the new season from their training base here in Houston.
Zinchenko said: “The target now is to try and build up our physical conditions and the tactical side of things.
“There are a lot of different things (to work on) obviously after a long vacation, a little bit more than three weeks.
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“Now it’s time to work, to be ready and prepare ourselves as much and as well as we can."
The ball is firmly in Zinchenko's court as City are in no rush to sell him and would be willing to shelve their plans to sign a new left-back if he decides to stay put.
Guardiola’s top target if they do need a replacement would be Brighton’s Marc Cucurella – although they will not meet the Seagulls £50 million asking price.
Stuttgart’s Croatia international Borna Sosa is another option who City have looked at but Is not believed to be high on the list of alternatives.
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