Wolves making big statement with Zinchenko bid but it’s a gamble

Wolverhampton Wanderers are planning to launch a club-record bid for Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko, according to The Mirror.

What’s the word?

In the end, Wolves comfortably won their place in the Premier League by finishing top of the table in the second tier.

Now, they will have to navigate their way through the elite in the hope of retaining their status in the top flight.

In order to do that, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will have to recruit new players worthy of competing in the division.

According to The Mirror, Wolves are prepared to spend £16m on Man City fringe player Zinchenko, and that figure would surpass the £15.8m paid to sign Ruben Neves last summer.

The club’s new target predominantly plays as a left-back, but he can also push up into a midfield position if needs be.

Are Wolves making a good decision?

In most cases, signing a player from a club that won the Premier League title last season would be a major coup, but Zinchenko has very little experience of playing in Pep Guardiola’s team.

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The 21-year-old signed for the North-West outfit from Russian club Ufa in 2016, and that season he joined PSV Eindhoven on loan.

In City’s title-winning campaign, Zinchenko made just eight league appearances, and also featured four times in the Carabao Cup, once in the FA Cup and once in the Champions League.

There is no doubt that the Ukrainian has talent, but due to his lack of experience in England’s top flight, the transfer presents a risk to Wolves.

There is no reason that the capture of Zinchenko will not pay off, though, and the player will be determined to prove his quality on the elite stage.