Exclusive - Manchester City are prepared to listen to offers for out-of-favour left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko in January, but do not want to force the Ukrainian out of the club.
The versatile Zinchenko was the City's first-choice left-back at the beginning of last season but has since fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola. Benjamin Mendy is the preferred choice at present and Guardiola has used both Joao Cancelo and Nathan Ake there ahead of Zinchenko, who has managed just 12 minutes in the Premier League this term.
90min has learned that Guardiola has held talks with Zinchenko over his future, and told him that he can stay and fight for his place if he wishes. He has made it clear, however, that he is down the pecking order and is not guaranteed any first-team football.
It's understood the 24-year-old is considering his options as a result. He refused a £16m move to Wolves when he was in a similar position in 2018 and they remain interested, while Southampton, Leicester and West Ham have also sounded out City over a potential move.
There are also clubs all over Europe keen to take him. There is interest from Russia – where Zinchenko previously played - as well as Italy, Spain and Germany.
A source close to City told 90min: “The situation is that a number of clubs are very keen on Zinchenko and the club have made their price known, and it is not putting anyone off.
“He is a very talented player, and now it will be up to him whether he leaves or not but he has seen his chances hugely limited this term and is now seriously considering his options.”
Zinchenko has made five appearances in all competitions this season and has made 73 in total for City since arriving from Russian side Ufa in 2016. His contract runs until 2024, and should they sell him on in January, City could stand to make a ten-fold profit on a player they signed for less than £2m.