Oleksandr Zinchenko stays at Manchester City as Real Betis fail with bid for Ukrainian – City Watch

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Oleksandr Zinchenko has had a summer in which he could have left Manchester City twice – but he will remain in Pep Guardiola’s squad until January at the very least.

The Spanish transfer window has just slammed shut meaning Zinchenko’s potential move to La Liga club Real Betis is off after they failed to meet Manchester City’s requests.

Betis offered a deal that would have seen the 21-year-old join them on an initial loan with a clause leading to them purchasing him for €12million (£10.8million) next summer. A 20 per cent sell-on clause would have possibly led to further profit for City if Betis sold him down the line.

However, City were resolute and were only willing to sanction a permanent deal and one that matched the £16million fee they accepted from Wolves before Zinchenko rejected the move on the day he was due for a medical.

It had been reported that despite his previous insistence about staying at the Etihad, Zinchenko was keen on a move to Betis – perhaps a reaction to not making any matchday squad yet this season.

Also staying at Manchester City will be young Brahim Diaz, who won his battle to avoid a loan move to Girona FC and who will stick with Pep’s men for the time being. That could lead to Brahim signing a new contract with his current deal up next summer.

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