Arsenal will save £15million from both of their major signing this season. Oleksandr Zinchenko, a former teammate of Gabriel Jesus’ from Manchester City, is expected to join him at the Emirates.
Earlier this month, Jesus signed for Arsenal from City for £45million. He made an amazing impact in his first appearance for Arsenal by wining in a friendly match with FC Nurnberg.
ESPN, though, asserts that City initially wanted up to £55 million to sign the striker. The Premier League champions’ asking price was £10 million more than the amount Gunners negotiated and they were able to secure the deal. And they are going to save more cash in the Zinchenko deal. City were reported to want £35m for the Ukraine international.
However, The Sun says “Arsenal have agreed a fee of £30m for the 25-year-old, less than what City were asking for. It appears Arsenal technical director Edu has managed to secure both deals for £15m less than initially expected.”
Zinchenko is to become Arsenal’s fifth signing of the summer. The arrivals of Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos cost the north Londoners over £85m.
The deal for Zinchenko will take their summer spending to well over £100m. It is the second summer in a row where Arsenal have comfortably exceeded the £100m mark.
Last year there where six signings brought to the club. Ben White was the most expensive acquisition at £50m.
It’s a good one for Arsenal to save £15m as Mikel Arteta accepts signing.