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Oleksandr Zinchenko look set to swap Manchester City for Arsenal, with the Ukrainian full-back saying his farewell to City staff on Wednesday.
Zinchenko has impressed during his regime in the blue half of Manchester, and his performance against Aston Villa was key to delivering the title on the final day of the season. But the Ukrainian’s stay looks to be over with Arsenal offering him regular starts.
And his biggest fan will almost certainly be following him to London, Vlada Zinchenko: his wife. Vlada has been dubbed as the ‘world’s most beautiful WAG in the past, and the stunning blonde can certainly stake a claim.
Vlada was already famous in Ukraine before she started dating Zinchenko as a presenter for a Ukrainian TV football station.
And it was when Vlada was interviewing her other half – following Ukraine’s 5-0 win over Serbia in 2019 – Zinchenko confirmed their relationship by planting a kiss on her cheek. The pair have since been compared to David and Victoria Beckham.
Zinchenko went viral celebrating Ukraine’s qualification for Euro 2020 when he partied on camera with Vlada, who was trying to interview the City star.
The pair tied the knot in August 2020, a year after Zinchenko proposed to Vlada inside the 70,000-capacity Olympic Stadium in Kyiv in front of a heart-shaped display of red roses.
Vlada has rubbed Pep Guardiola the wrong way – and she criticised the Catalan’s tactics when City infamously lost to Lyon in the Champions League in 2020.
She fumed: “Perhaps I have no right to say this, perhaps Zinchenko will forbid me. But to put it mildly, and in order not to swear, this is completely Guardiola’s fault.”
Zinchenko’s move to Arsenal comes amid the backdrop of his homeland being subject to an invasion by Russia – that started in February.
The Ukrainian is no stranger to the war, and when Russian-backed forces invaded the Donbas in 2014, he was forced to flee to Moscow. Zinchenko was left in limbo – and he spent six months kicking a ball on the streets of Moscow with no club.
Zinchenko eventually signed for UFA, before he moved to City. The war is close to his heart, and he has spoken about fighting on the front lines, but he was convinced by friends and family to stay and play football.