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Wolves interested in Oleksandr Zinchenko

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been named as one of the clubs who have made contact with Manchester City regarding a possible move for versatile gem Oleksandr Zinchenko.

What’s the word?

According to 90min, the Molineux outfit are said to have ‘asked’ the Premier League champions about the Ukraine international’s ‘availability’, with the player believed to be considering an exit from the Etihad Stadium this summer.

The report suggests that the 25-year-old – who still has two years remaining on his contract – has a preference to play in midfield, having largely been deployed at left-back under Pep Guardiola.

The latest suggestion is that any deal could cost in the region of £35m for a player who was bought for just £1.7m six years ago, although Arsenal are currently believed to be in the strongest position to land the 52-cap gem.

Reliable option

While perhaps not one of the marquee names among the City squad, Zinchenko has proven himself a hugely effective performer during his time in English football, slotting in comfortably on the left-hand side of defence in a role which is not his favourite.

Making that sacrifice to take on something of a makeshift role has paid off for the £22.5m-rated ace, who has gone on to be a vital squad player for Guardiola in recent years, racking up 127 appearances for the club in all competitions and winning four league titles in that time.

Should Wolves sign Zinchenko?

Of course

Of course

No way

No way

His performances have clearly made an impact on his manager, with the serial-winning coach having dubbed him “so reliable” a few years ago for his unerring consistency, while the 25-year-old’s team-mate Kyle Walker has  labelled him “incredible” due to his talent with the ball at his feet.

Bruno Lage and co would clearly be bringing in a player who rarely lets his team down, although categorising the £59k-per-week Ukrainian as a mere steady performer would be doing him a disservice, such is his undoubted quality.

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That is rubberstamped by Zinchenko’s impressive comparison to those in his position across Europe’s top five leagues, in which he ranks in the top 1% for both progressive carries and progressive passes among full-backs, and also the top 1% for assists and the top 2% for pass completion.

A master in possession, restoring him to his preferred midfield role could well be of great benefit to those at Molineux, with the Old Gold seemingly in need of further additions in that department amid uncertainty over the future of Ruben Neves.

A rather expensive signing it could potentially be, but those at Wolves will know that it would likely prove to be very much worth it.

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