Guardiola confirms Zinchenko is staying after Man City linked with Tagliafico

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Oleksandr Zinchenko will stay at Manchester City despite reports linking the club with a move for Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico.

Guardiola has moved to strengthen his defensive options this summer with the arrivals of Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias from Bournemouth and Benfica respectively, though a new left-back is also believed to be on the agenda ahead of the final days of the transfer window.

City have been linked with a move for Argentina international Tagliafico who has impressed since signing for Ajax two-and-a-half years ago, whilst the 28-year-old is also reportedly open to the prospect of a move to the Premier League.

The MEN are reporting that Ajax will demand a fee of £22.7m for a player who has two years remaining on his current contract, with City’s need for a new left-back heightened following the unconvincing performances of Benjamin Mendy.

The France international has failed to reach the heights expected after signing from Monaco three years ago and notably struggled defensively during last weekend’s 5-2 defeat to Leicester.

However, according to Sky Sports, City will only enter the market for Tagliafico if Zinchenko departs, a scenario that Guardiola has ruled out after discussing the Ukrainian’s absence from the club’s Carabao Cup victory over Burnley on Wednesday night.

“Yesterday or two days ago he was injured again,” he said after the 3-0 win over Burnley. “He was recovered, but he got injured again and is out for two or three weeks.”

Asked if he would be staying, Guardiola simply said: “Yep”

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