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Zinchenko inbound: Now Wolves must raid Man City again for 20-year-old prodigy

The Wolverhampton Wanderers fans in the Transfer Tavern have been pleased by their club’s activity in the transfer market so far this summer, and recent reports suggest they will add yet another talented player to their ranks very shortly. 

The Breakdown

According to the highly-respected Wolves journalist Tim Nash (via City Watch) Wolves have agreed a £16 million deal for Man City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko following a bright season for the 21-year-old.

The report also claims that the Ukraine international now has a decision to make on his future with 1 other Premier League club also expressing an interest in his signature, although the identity of the club has not been confirmed.

Whether or not Wolves will be successful in their pursuit remains to be seen, but if they do ultimately bring him to Molineux they will be set to welcome a versatile technician with plenty of potential to develop in the future.

Zinchenko is an attacking midfielder by trade, but Guardiola regularly deployed him at left-back last season during home fixtures, but he was comparably reluctant to play him away from home due to his lack of defensive experience.

Where Nuno Espirito Santo sees Zinchenko fitting into his first-team remains unclear, but regardless of his plans he should also raid Man City once again for a youth player who looks destined to depart the club in the future, namely Tosin Adarabioyo.

There’s absolutely no doubt that the 20-year-old England youth international has a bright future in the Premier League on the evidence of a handful of cameo appearances he has made for the club so far.

However, with intense competition for places at Manchester City restricting his progress, a move away from the Etihad would certainly be in his best interests this summer.

What is most striking about Adarabioyo’s style is his desire to play aesthetically appealing football and distribute effectively from defence; kicking the ball long is always a last resort and his composure in possession ensures that he is able to make sensible decisions in pressurised situations.

Aside from his quality in possession, Adarabioyo is an intelligent reader of the game, strong in the tackle and commanding in the air. With extra focus on strength training in the gym Adarabioyo looks set to become a solid central defender at the top level, so Santo should at least be exploring the possibility of completing a double raid on Man City by bringing him to Molineux this summer.

Wolves fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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