Manchester City have completed the capture of Ukraine international midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko from FC Ufa.
The club confirmed the acquisition on their official Twitter feed on Monday:
Manchester City @ManCity
Manchester City are pleased to announce the transfer of Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko from FC Ufa. https://t.co/9r2T0a0a0w2016-7-4 12:02:28
The 19-year-old has been tipped for a bright future and featured in all three of Ukraine’s matches at the 2016 UEFA European Championship. Zinchenko is the national team’s youngest-ever goalscorer, breaking Andriy Shevchenko’s record when he netted against Romania in May.
As OptaJoe noted when the midfielder made his bow at Euro 2016, he also became the youngest player to represent Ukraine at a major tournament.
Here is a look at why plenty are excited about the pedigree of the youngster:
Per BBC Sport, Zinchenko is the fourth player to join the club since new manager Pep Guardiola took charge; Nolito, Ilkay Gundogan and Aaron Mooy have already signed on at City ahead of the 2016-17 season.
Russian football commentator John Bradley thinks the teenager will find it difficult to break into the first team, although he is capable of playing a part:
John Bradley @JBcommentator
@whoody02 he's decent now, but is imagine he'll be used sparingly until after Christmas...acclimatisation and all that2016-7-4 12:17:52
The future looks good for Zinchenko. Having emerged from the Shakhtar Donetsk youth academy, he’s a technically gifted and intelligent player, making it easy to see him fitting in under Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.