Manchester City are working on a deal to sign Ukraine’s teenage hotshot Oleksandr Zinchenko, Goal understands.
City are hopeful they will have an agreement in place with Zinchenko’s club Ufa in the coming weeks, although the player’s agent has previously spoken of interest from Borussia Dortmund.
The 19-year-old midfielder enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2015-16, playing 26 senior league matches in the Russian Premier League and cup.
After making his senior debut for Ukraine in October, he became the youngest goalscorer in the nation’s history at the end of May when he got on the scoresheet in a 4-3 victory over Romania.
He has been included in Mykhaylo Fomenko’s squad for Euro 2016, and City hope to beat off interest from around Europe before his profile rises further in France this summer.
Agent German Tkachenko told the press in April that he was “almost certain” Zinchenko would move to Dortmund this summer, but those claims were swiftly denied by Ufa.
"We said numerous times that we have big offers for Zinchenko from very big clubs," general manager Shamil Gazizov said. "Borussia Dortmund is not the only club we negotiate with."
Should City close the deal, it is understood that Zinchenko would not be handed a place in Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad next season, and would instead be loaned out.