Vincent Kompany identifies Arsenal star as first Bayern Munich transfer

Vincent Kompany was appointed as the new Bayern Munich manager.
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Bayern Munich are reportedly keeping tabs on Arsenal's Oleksandr Zinchenko, who could be the first signing under their new manager, Vincent Kompany.

Kompany, the former Burnley boss, was introduced to the media last Thursday after a three-month search for a new manager. Despite this, Bayern have managed to identify potential transfer targets, including 27-year-old Zinchenko.

The Ukrainian found himself third in line for the left-back position under Mikel Arteta by the end of the season, losing out to Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jakub Kiwior in crucial matches. The return from injury of Jurrien Timber will further intensify competition in both full-back positions, which Bayern currently lack.

With Alphonso Davies heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, Mirror Football reports that the German giants are closely monitoring Zinchenko's situation. After joining Arsenal for £35million in 2022 from Manchester City, he quickly made an impact.

However, a shift in strategy by Arteta and ongoing calf problems have limited his playing time. Zinchenko spent three years playing alongside Kompany at City, primarily as a left-back despite being signed from Russian side Ufa as a creative midfielder. Given his skills align with Kompany's preferred style of play, a move could benefit all parties involved.

The Bavarians aren't just eyeing one left-back as Theo Hernandez of AC Milan has also garnered their attention. The French international is known for his impressive attacking game, having notched 29 goals and provided 35 assists in 214 appearances.

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Being a constant figure on the French squad and possessing a robust left foot, Hernandez is every bit the former Real Madrid whiz-kid he was touted as. However, signing him up could leave a dent in Bayern's finances, with reports from L'Equipe suggesting Milan will hold out for €80million (£68m) for his services.

It would perhaps be lesser than what Arsenal could demand for Zinchenko, who accepted his performance downturn this season in an end-of-season social media post: "Proud of the team and happy to be one of you Gunners," he said.

"The club's season is over now and unfortunately we didn't get what we wanted but I am sure this club is on the right way to achieve everything. Personally I completely understand that it wasn't my best season so far and I promise first of all to all fans and doubters that I'll be back much stronger. Thank you so much for your massive support and see you very soon."