Arsenal may have just signed Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City, but they may have to brace themselves for a raid of Kieran Tierney as Pep Guardiola is reportedly lining up a move.
City let Zinchenko go this summer for £32million, and they pocketed a further £45m from the Gunners for Gabriel Jesus. But City were banking on bringing in Marc Cucurella from Brighton, but the Seagulls stood firm over their lofty valuation.
Cucurella instead joined Chelsea in a deal worth £62m, and City have now agreed a cut-price deal to sign Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez as an alternative. But Guardiola still wants Premier League experience in that area, and Tierney is now on City's list of targets according to The Mirror.
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Arsenal have already sorted out their left-back situation this summer, as Tierney remains their first choice, although injury does continue to stall his progression at the club. Mikel Arteta signed Zinchenko to play as a back-up and also operate in midfield as a versatile option.
The Gunners sent Nuno Tavares to Marseille on a two-year loan due to the arrival of Zinchenko, but they may have to fend off interest from City after their summer plan fell through. It's been a near perfect summer for City as they signed both Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips.
But Cucurella was the one that got away, as City were reluctant to pay over the odds for a player Brighton only signed for £15m last summer. Cucurella starred for the Seagulls last season, and looked tailor-made to fit Guardiola's system at City.
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Instead, City have agreed an £11m deal with Anderlecht for another Spanish left-back, as 21-year-old Gomez is close to becoming part of Guardiola's squad. But unlike Cucurella, Gomez is seen as a developmental player and is likely to be loaned out to one of City's partnered clubs, with Girona the most likely destination.
City certainly in any sort of crisis, and boast one of the best squads in the world. But Guardiola was keen to add depth in that area due to the departure of ZInchenko, and also the reality that Joao Cancelo may play further forward with his new no.7 strip.
Tierney is one of the best Premier League options available, with the Scottish international up there with some of the best in his position. But drawing him away from Arsenal will be no easy task, especially now that the season is underway.
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