Wolves are reportedly set to swoop for Manchester City’s forgotten defender Oleksandr Zinchenko in the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old has been on the City books since 2016 but has yet to establish himself as a regular player. The Ukraine international made 14 Premier League appearances in 2018-2019.
He bettered that total last term, earning 13 starts among 19 outings for Pep Guardiola’s side. However, he is now well and truly on the peripheries, with just 12 minutes of top-flight football in 2020/2021.
He has the likes of Benjamin Mendy and Joao Cancelo ahead of him in the pecking order. Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte, primarily centre-backs, can also play on the left side of defence.
Therefore it is going to be tough for the former Shakhtar Donetsk youth star to break through. With that in mind, he may well be looking for a way out of the club in the winter window.
Wolves have already shown an interest in the player and had a £19m bid rejected two years ago.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have been unable to replicate last season’s form and find themselves 13th in the standings. The Portuguese tactician may be looking to strengthen in the new year.
Zinchenko’s deal has another four years to run but the West Midlanders look set to pounce, according to The Sun.
Euro fears for youngster
Zinchenko has won 35 caps for his nation and would have high hopes of featuring in next year’s European Championship. But he will need to be playing for his club in order to impress head coach Andriy Shevchenko.
That might strengthen his resolve to seek a move away – possibly on loan. Guardiola is a known admirer of the youngster but is also a realist and knows he wants to be playing.
Looking further into the future, former Spain Under-21 star Angelino is waiting in the wings. The 23-year-old is on loan with Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig and has impressed, with seven goals in 17 outings.
He was on the Etihad books from 2014-2017 but spent most of that time out on loan. He made just three City appearances and had stints with the likes of New York City FC and Mallorca.
Dutch club PSV Eindhoven bought him in 2018 and he did well, enjoying 43 outings in all competitions. That caused City to exercise his buy-back clause and he returned to the north west.
He may battle with Zinchenko for a left-back berth if they stay at the club – but that seems unlikely.
Wolves might face competition from Serie A club Napoli, who are also said to be keen on the player.
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