Oleksandr Zinchenko is open to a move away from Manchester City after falling down Pep Guardiola’s pecking order, with Italy his preferred destination, according to the player’s agent.
The Ukraine international has been third-choice left-sided full-back for the champions this season, behind Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph, and at one stage in the summer had looked set to depart for Napoli.
Talks with the Serie A club collapsed after no agreement was reached with City over the terms of a possible transfer, but in an interview with Radio Marte , Zinchenko’s agent, Alan Prudnikov, reaffirmed his client’s desire to leave Manchester for Italy in order to re-start his career.
“We are always open to proposals coming from Italy,” said Prudnikov.
“Napoli showed interest both over the summer and the year before, but never managed to find an agreement with Manchester City.
“I met with [Napoli director Cristiano] Giuntoli and we laid down the foundations of a deal with Zinchenko, but the two clubs could not agree on a fee. We’d be ready to discuss it again, though.”
A deal for the Ukrainian would suit Napoli, who are themselves preparing for the possible departure of current left-back, Algerian international Faouzi Ghoulam.
Manchester United have reportedly already lodged a £40 million ($52.6m) bid for the defender, with Liverpool also interested.
Jose Mourinho is ready to sanction a contract of £100,000 a week for Ghoulam, more than doubling the player’s current deal, as he looks to bolster a defence rocked by a string of defeats in the season’s early weeks.
Naples-based Radio Kiss reported that Napoli are reluctant to sell at the price offered, but could be tempted by an increased bid from Old Trafford.
And landing the services of Zinchenko, who has played just 16 times for City since arriving from the Russian club Ufa in 2016, could be a deciding factor in Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti allowing Ghoulam to move to the red side of Manchester.
Napoli are second in Serie A, having fallen short of catching champions Juventus last term, whom they currently trail.by six points.