Defender set to sign new City deal
Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko is poised to sign a new five-year deal in the coming days.
The agreement represents a deserved turnaround for the Ukraine international, who rejected moves last summer to both Wolverhampton Wanderers and La Liga side Real Betis.
Zinchenko has established himself in recent months as the recognised deputy to left-back Benjamin Mendy, overtaking Fabian Delph in the pecking order.
Zinchenko's camp have held talks in recent days with City's director of football Txiki Begiristain and an agreement is understood to have been reached in principle.
The 22-year-old is expected to see his weekly salary boosted to around £80,000 per week, with the promise of further bonuses and pay reviews included.
Guardiola could decide to start Zinchenko tonight in the huge derby clash against rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford as Mendy has been unable to train properly since last week's Champions League quarter-final exit to Tottenham.
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