Wolves are stuck in a rut. After losing Raul Jimenez to a horrific fractured skull, they have failed to win.
Thus, the transfer window could be approaching at just the right time for Nuno Santo.
Wolves have been poor of late and since beating Arsenal, have only gone downhill.
They were comfortably swept aside 4-0 by Liverpool and suffered a disappointing Midlands derby defeat to Aston Villa last weekend.
As such, a number of transfer targets are now being linked with a move to Molineux. Salomon Rondon in an attacking sense is one but a more defensive player has now emerged on their radar.
According to The Daily Star, Wolves are pondering a move for Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko.
They had a £19m approach for the Ukrainian knocked back last summer but Wolves want to test City’s resolve once again.
Zinchenko has fallen further down the pecking order at the Etihad so it’s not too unreasonable to suggest he could leave.
Transfermarkt values him at £18m – just a fraction short of the bid that City received a matter of months ago.
Now, don’t get us wrong, Zinchenko still has a lot of maturing to do.
At the age of 23, he needs regular football and he also needs to work out what his favoured position is. However, it’s his in-game intelligence that should set alarm bells ringing. When he was sent off against Spurs back in February, Steve Nicol deemed him a “complete and utter idiot” for the challenge.
That being said, he is perfect for Nuno in a number of ways. He is a young player with room to grow and can play in a whole host of positions.
Zinchenko is most naturally an attacking midfielder but it’s in defence where he’s played more regularly under Pep Guardiola.
He’s become the very definition of an attacking full-back, putting his left-foot to good use as a left-back in City’s defensive line.
It’s that type of versatility that Nuno loves. You only need to look at Jonny and former Wolves defender Ruben Vinagre to understand that he prefers a player with attacking attributes in that third of the pitch too.
In terms of his flexibility and creative qualities, he is ideal for Wolves and their manager.