Wolverhampton Wanderers have been incredibly busy in the transfer market this summer as Nuno Espirito Santo prepares his side for their return to the Premier League, but it appears he has failed in his pursuit of a long-term target.
Indeed, according to a recent tweet from the highly-respected Wolverhampton Wanderers journalist Tim Nash, Oleksandr Zinchenko has turned down the opportunity to join Wolves this summer, despite the fact he was due to complete a medical ahead of a potential transfer this morning.
Following weeks of speculation linking the Ukraine international with a move to Molineux, the news certainly arrives as a huge surprise considering his first-team opportunities will be extremely limited at the Etihad Stadium.
However, with time still remaining on deadline day Wolves should turn their attention towards an outcast from the red half of Manchester, namely Luke Shaw (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt).
Shaw’s future at United was called into question at regular intervals last season due to Jose Mourinho’s public criticism of the 23-year-old which was verging on a witch-hunt at times.
However, what Mourinho was failing to appreciate is how far Shaw still has to go before he returns to full match-fitness following a succession of injury problems which have plagued his career at Old Trafford thus far.
With just 1-year remaining on his contract there’s a strong chance that United may be forced to allow him to leave on a free transfer next summer, so a late bid from Wolves will certainly give them something to think about on deadline day.
Unlike Zinchenko who was simply covering at left-back last season, Shaw is naturally suited to a left-wing-back role where he can utilise his technical quality to impact the game in the final-third, so he should have no problem adapting to Nuno’s system next season.
Wolves supporters will understandably be disappointed by Zinchenko’s u-turn, but a shock deal for Shaw before the 5PM deadline would certainly enable them to immediately forget about the Man City talent.
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