There’s news tonight that Newcastle are interested in Manchester City’s Ukrainian International – 21-year-old Oleksandr Zinchenko
The attacking midfielder/wingback joined City two years ago from Russian club FC Ufa of the Russian Premier League, after being on loan at PSV in Holland.
He played 14 times for City last season including 8 games in the Premier League and he is reported to be anxious to discuss his future at the club with manager Pep Guardiola.
Newly promoted and ambitious Wolverhampton Wanderers seemed to have a deal in place with City, but the youngster is undecided, and that may be because Rafa Benitez has declared his interest in signing the youngster.
Pep Guardiola congratulates Oleksandr Zinchenko after 2-0 win at Leicester last November
Interestingly he made his debut for City last October playing the full match including extra time in a 0–0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the EFL Cup.
We assume he impressed Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo in that game.
Tim Nash is a freelance journalist and former long-term Wolves correspondent for the (Wolverhampton) Express & Star, and he tweeted this on Monday evening:.
Zinchenko, 21, is still to decide his future, with Newcastle also in the hunt for the Ukraine international. He wanted to talk to City boss Pep Guardiola after training today before making a decision.
— Tim Nash (@TimNash_1) July 9, 2018
So there seems to be a £16M deal in place with Wolves – but we wonder if Rafa will spend that amount for a wingback.
What we really need now are two good strikers brought in – but Rafa also wants to bring young talent into the club to help push for a top six place next season
Zinchenko made the Ukrainian squad for Euro 2016, and he has 14 caps for his country – Ukraine did not qualify for this year’s World Cup finishing 3rd in their group to Iceland and Croatia.
Croatia play England in the semi-finals on Wednesday night.
In conclusion – yet another player we are linked with in the press this summer – but a good one.