Juventus tried to sign versatile Man City star in summer

Date published: Wednesday 4th September 2019 4:26 - Samuel Bannister

Juventus made a move for Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Zinchenko has emerged as a key player for Pep Guardiola’s side having been converted into a left-back, and has been ever-present so far in the Premier League this season.

The versatile Ukrainian signed a contract renewal back in June, tying his future down until 2024, but that did not stop Serie A champions Juventus trying to prise him away from the Etihad Stadium.

While Alex Sandro is firmly established as first-choice left-back in Turin, Juventus were in need of a reinforcement for the position after selling back-up Leonardo Spinazzola to Roma in a €29.5m deal. And although that transfer saw them take Luca Pellegrini in return, the young full-back has since moved back to Cagliari on loan – leaving them with just one natural left-back.

According to Calciomercato, Juventus made contact with Man City over the availability of Zinchenko, but were forced to move on after learning that the 22-year-old was a key part of Guardiola’s plans.

It’s not the first time Zinchenko has been linked with a move to Serie A, with his agent confirming interest from Napoli in the past – while he turned down a move to Premier League rivals Wolves in 2018.

One full-back did move from City to Juventus over the summer, though, with right-sided player Danilo calling time on his Eithad career after just two seasons as part of a swap deal with Joao Cancelo.


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