Manchester City

Club record move from ambitious Wolves could be their smartest signing yet

ITV news have reported that Wolves have made a club record bid to bring Oleksandr Zinchenko to Molineux this summer. 

According to reports, the offer stands at £16 million – which would be a club record for Wolves – to land the 21-year-old. 

Zinchenko managed an impressive 14 appearances in all competitions for the Citizens last season, and made enough Premier League outings to qualify for a league winner’s medal.

The Breakdown

Despite the Ukrainian’s fairly regular presence in Pep Guardiola’s side, much of his game remains a mystery. 

This is due to the fact Zinchenko was primarily deployed as a left wing-back at the Etihad last season, despite his natural position being that of an attacking midfielder. 

Zinchenko’s versatility is clearly one of his assets, but it remains to be seen what sort of impact he can have in the Premier League when operating in his preferred role. 

These doubts aside, Zinchenko is clearly a player of supreme ability. You don’t get near that City side if you aren’t an exceptional talent, and the youngster’s 17 senior international caps cement his standing as a highly promising player. 

A question mark hangs over his consistency though, as he is yet to enjoy a full season as a first choice player in his career at such a high level. Given the fee he would command, it has to be assumed Wolves would provide game time to the Ukrainian. 

Nuno Espirito Santo would also presumably return Zinchenko to his station as an advanced playmaker.

Much is made of Wolves’ more defensively minded midfield contingent, made up of the likes of Ruben Neves, Romain Saiss and Conor Coady. Zinchenko will give the Wanderers much more going forward and will help this side unlock Premier League defences.

Signing a Man City player would be a real statement of intent from Wolves ahead of their return to the top flight, but more than that, it’d be a very savvy bit of business that would improve the team. 

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