Zinchenko’s arrival could allow him to flourish in best role and spark Cavaleiro exit

Wolves face competition from Premier League rivals Newcastle United in the hunt to sign Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer, according to journalist Tim Nash.

What’s the latest, then?

Nash claims that the youngster has a decision to make after Rafa Benitez’s Magpies swooped in to turn Wolves’ projected club-record £16m deal into a two-way transfer tussle.

However, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is notoriously stingy. It would be a surprise if he was willing or able to match free-spending Wolves in the transfer market and there is no suggestion that they have mirrored the Molineux bid.

After consultation with Pep Guardiola, Wolves will be hoping Zinchenko elects to join their exciting project as they seek to emulate Newcastle by finishing in the top ten in their first season back in the big time.

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Zinchenko is a creative player who could replace Cavaleiro

Zinchenko has played much of his football at City at left-back, but that is purely because Benjamin Mendy’s injury opened up a slot there.

He is actually a creative midfielder, a number 10 or winger by trade and if Wolves spend £16m on him, it is likely that is how they would most like to use him.

He would add another dimension to their attack, with his cultured left foot and that could mean that a pace merchant like Cavaleiro is free to leave – and he was linked with Fulham last month.