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    Zinchenko heir: Man City must sign Borna Sosa

    Manchester City have seen some big-name players wave goodbye to the Etihad Stadium this summer, as well as seeing some big names join the club.

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    One player that waved goodbye to the Premier League champions after a significant and successful time at the club is Oleksandr Zinchenko.

    After making 127 appearances for City across all competitions in which he scored two goals, provided 12 assists and won numerous domestic trophies, the Ukraine international followed in the footsteps of Gabriel Jesus by joining Arsenal in a deal worth £32m.

    Now as the remaining days and weeks of the summer transfer window go by, this period could give City the best chance to bring in what may be their perfect replacement for the 25-year-old.

    One figure that has been mentioned with a move to the Etihad that could be the dream replacement for Zinchenko is Borna Sosa.

    After making 41 appearances for Dinamo Zagreb, in which he delivered six assists, the full-back moved to Stuttgart in 2018.

    Since then, the 24-year-old, who is currently valued at around £10m by CIES, has scored three goals and provided 23 assists in 83 appearances for the Bundesliga club.

    To further highlight his attacking prowess, the left-back ended his latest league campaign with more assists (8), shot-creating actions (103), goal-creating actions (13) and crosses (136) than any other player at Stuttgart.

    In fact, only two other players in the entire Bundesliga delivered more crosses than the Croatia international.

    Would Borna Sosa be a smart signing for City?

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    No

    These attributes could perfectly replace what Zinchenko offered Pep Guardiola’s side as he racked up four assists, 42 shot-creating actions, ten goal-creating actions and 28 crosses during his previous and last Premier League campaign as a City player (as per FBref). As a result, it indicates that both players provide a huge amount in the final third of the pitch.

    Hailed by Pellegrino Matarazzo as a player that has “huge potential” as well as having a “weapon” of a left foot according to Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat, Sosa would definitely be a useful addition to City’s squad, helping them to forget about potentially being weakened as a result of the Ukrainian’s departure.

    With the Manchester club rather light in terms of their full-back options, securing a deal for Sosa before the window closes should be the Citizens’ number one priority in terms of potential recruitment.

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