Oleksandr Zinchenko to Manchester City: Pep Guardiola makes third signing after Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito captures

The deal will also establish a ‘long-term cooperation’ between FC Ufa and City

Mark Critchley@mjcritchley
Monday 04 July 2016 13:22
Zinchenko scored his first international goal against Romania in May
Zinchenko scored his first international goal against Romania in May

Manchester City have signed Oleksandr Zinchenko, the Ukraine international, from FC Ufa.

The 19-year-old winger becomes the third signing of Pep Guardiola’s reign at the Etihad, following the captures of Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito.

Zinchenko, who had also attracted interest from Borussia Dortmund and Roma, played in all three matches of Ukraine’s doomed European Championships campaign this summer.

The youngster appeared as a substitute in the opening defeats to Germany and Northern Ireland, before starting in the final group game, a 1-0 reverse against Poland.

Zinchenko scored twice in 26 appearances for Russian Premier League side FC Ufa last season, having joined the club on a free transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015.

The deal also includes the establishment of a ‘long-term cooperation’ between Ufa and City, as revealed on the Russian club’s official website.

Guardiola was officially unveiled as City’s new head coach on Sunday and told supporters that his main aims were to foster a “team spirit and to play good as much as possible”.

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