Report – Newcastle Linked With £16M Rated Ukrainian International


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:.

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.

Comments welcome.


66 comments so far

  • jane

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #1

    tomorrow’s prediction
    France 3 Belgium 3

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Brilliant,
    At last a genuine link!

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #3

    As much as I’d love to see it Ed, I think a top six place is a bit ambitious this season.
    We punched above our weight last season but anything is possible under Rafa, I just don’t see which of the top six we could replace this season.
    I like to think Rafa’s assault on the top six is a longer project, meaning him signing a long contract. Consolidation and cup runs will be my guess. Seventh or eighth and a trip to Wembley for a cup final, not a league game. That would suit me nicely for now. Then push again the following season. Trying not to give an inch of ground every season.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Jail, I never said that Ashley wasn’t a d!ck, just that you can’t use that as evidence against him, it doesn’t stack up. You’re essentially saying that it’s his (bad) policy to get players in on loan. The truth is that all clubs except the top ones are taking more loans because the top clubs have over-stuffed youth ranks and need their investments to get game time in order to realise their value. In the meantime, the lower clubs (like us) struggle to compete with the glamour of the top clubs to attract the best youth players so have to rely on loans to freshen up their ranks.

    Hopefully it’s a means to an end for us, Rafa is able to get us back competing where we should be and we don’t need to rely on loans in a few seasons’ time.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #5

    RobLeenio,
    Joking aside, I think you are a genuine, bona fide, rainbow waving closet Ashley apologist!

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #6

    This season being next season really, my bad. Too early to be calling it this season? 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #7

    RobLeenio,
    We were the sixth in PL standings until Ashley took over, why are we a lower PL club?

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  • griff

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Some see the glass as half full, some as half empty. That’s all. In my mind, spending so little doesn’t always mean there will be a super large sum being saved for a striker. But that is just me being pessimistic. I still trust that Rafa will do the best with the means at his disposal.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail, I’m not and I don’t think you really believe that, I just don’t like bad evidence being used to make a point, it makes an argument weaker in the long run. Ashley has enough evidence weighed against him to not need us to make stuff up.

    We cannot currently compete over the course of a season with the top 6. Fact. We have the potential to do so again, but we’re not there yet, so we’re currently a middle-table side who would like to push on and start to compete with the likes of Leicester, Everton and Burnley who occupy the slots just beneath the top 6. That is a realistic target for this season and that makes us a second tier Premiership team with potential for more. So yes, the use of the word ‘lower’ may not have been correct, but my logic is sound.

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  • lesh

    Jul 10, 2018 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Bobbybee

    Belated greetings for your birthday and I hope you had a good day.

    In typical Ashley fashion, he was late getting Kenedy signed up for your present. Maybe you should have another birthday every day and see who comes in – after all, the Queen has two so why shouldn’t wor Berb! With a bit luck, Ashley might even announce he’s getting out!

    As a by the by, you suggested that the legalisation of Marijuana mightn’t be too far off and within days Javid announced a possible review of the law. You’re an in the know by the look of it Bobby – owt else on the horizon?

    Hope you’re keeping well.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 10, 2018 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #11

    If Rafa is looking to sign a really big CF then they don’t come any bigger than Akinfenwa, well within budget as well.

    Although to be honest I’m still hoping it’s going to be Lewindoski!

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  • RobLeenio

    Jul 10, 2018 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Yay Bill, get the beast unleashed!!

    Happy birthday Bobby (now two days past, I guess)

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  • lesh

    Jul 10, 2018 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Having had a couple of drinks, a thought:

    Ashley won’t give Rafa a transfer budget unless he signs up;

    Rafa won’t sign up ’til he’s given a transfer budget;

    Impasse, a Mexican stand off.

    Ah ha thinks he!

    Ashley agrees to get the players Rafa wants – on loan with pre-agreed buying option to be confirmed it Rafa signs up?

    Rafa agrees to that, subject to Ashley contractually committing to honour his side of the bargain?

    Rafa signs, there’s no climbdown, no loss of face for either of them, players in and off we go, just watch us go. 🙂 🙂

    Seems straightforward

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 10, 2018 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s great to se for once we are not tracking these loan signings way too long but get them done…

    It’s just a shame this particular one is not a transfer. I would have thought if we could afford it we would have made it permanent now. Wainting until the end of the season won’t magically make the money reappear!

    Now we just need to focus on the prolific striker and not fu€k around and bring the usual crap in we are gotten accustomed to…

    Disclaimer: Jail just put a sock in it

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 10, 2018 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Most clubs operate on a spend what you earn basis, so you have to think that the clubs paying over 5 years are using up some of their future money. I guess this is especially true of the newly promoted clubs. This tactic is more or less the same as a loan with option to buy at the end of the year and can be construed as not being able to afford to pay. And Sheppherd was the king of spending future earnings (and using bank loans at that) so I’d say he was worse than Ashley for not paying upfront. Far far worse. I apologise to the hysterical ranters for bringing some perspective to the debate.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 10, 2018 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #16

    Essex…haven’t we tried the big forward. It seems with the way we are setup we need a more mobile forward, physical but very mobile.

    I think we need one that is very direct.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 10, 2018 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #17

    TNMW…to be honest I don’t get this concept of Mikes to pay all transfer fee upfront. It’s very clear to us that he calculates fee and all wages in the duration of the contract in when determining the expense.

    If that’s the case then why not pay he transfer fee over the duration of the contract?

    In my book the guy’s a fricking idiot! I have never understood how he does business…

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 10, 2018 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Also if BEnitez has a budget of 40m,plus can bring in another 40m, making his budget 80m, then getting two loans players worth 20m means he can bring in 120m worth of talent. Free transfers are the same. Not a sign of weakness, a sign of intelligence. Other clubs do it and why not? Back in the day this never happened but Chelsea hadn’t hoarded up 100s of the best young players simply to loan out so they can sell them for £20m. Chelsea loan out 40 + players, many internationals. And you didn’t have so many Colbacks running their contract down on massive wages yet not near the first team. Times change.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 10, 2018 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #19

    There are many other similarities between our last two chairmen. Sheppherd had us on a downward spiral with an upturn when he got lucky getting Sir Bobby. Ashley the same, except one year Pardew somehow did well, and a period he got lucky getting Benitez. Two differences, one sacked the great manager for the world’s worst (Ashley probably will do eventually) and when Sheppherd eventually got us relegated he’d not be to afford to get us back up or even pay himself millions. The banks would have (maybe already had) asked for their loans back, we’d have had millions and millions to pay on 5 year deals, and loads of past it trophy (west hame style) signings on huge wages we couldn’t afford or sell. They’re both equally rubbish and had a tendency to appoint garbage managers, the main difference in opinion comes largely down to what Gullit said. FS robbed the club blind, but it was OK because at least he was a Geordie and a supporter – despite FS calling fans thick and the women dogs.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 10, 2018 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #20

    Jesper, Ive asked the same question. I think if he pays upfront he can get quite a lot of money off the fee. Other clubs are in a spend what you earn so appreciate the money there and then. Not to mention depreciation over 5 years. Football inflation is a lot higher than national.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 10, 2018 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Considering our wage bill is 7th highest in Epl we should be competing with all but the top 7.

    Ashley will love a loan, it’s a relatively cheap roll of the dice and if the player doesn’t work out he can try another.

    Ashley seems to make it up as he goes along, whatever suits. We pay cash up front on all transfers, so why did Leguibe take so long to sign, why was there reports Nufc wanted to pay in instalments

    Smoke and mirrors.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 10, 2018 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #22

    and it leaves him in a stronger position to sell the club having less future payments as well as being able to say we have £xx millions coming over the next few years. that’s if he still operates this way. i’m not so sure he does.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 10, 2018 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #23

    the reason with Lejuene would be we had to pay the release clause so we couldnt say we’ll give you 6m upfront which i guess we probably tried to do. so in this case paying the 8m over 5 years means we’d get him cheaper once inflation kicks in. obviously they weren’t fools and demanded the money upfront as they had a right to do.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 10, 2018 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #24

    ashley pays upfront when there is financial incentive to do so, he tries not to when there is nothing to gain.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 10, 2018 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #25

    Mike

    He’d be in a stronger position to sell the club if it was more successful if it had decent sponsorship if he’d maintained the club’s facilities and if he’d kept up with other clubs in revenue streams.

    It’s ridiculous to suggest his inept activity in the window is to benefit the sale of the club, almost as ridiculous as saying he saved Nufc or that the deals with SD are for Nufcs benefit.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 10, 2018 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #26

    The club for whatever reason was willing to change it’s cash upfront policy to sign Leguine.

    Why wasn’t it willing to use the 5m for Joselu as a deposit on a better striker and pay the balance over 4 years?

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 10, 2018 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #27

    You’re right that success adds value. But I said paying upfront and having no debt makes a sale easier, I never said anything along the lines of not buying players adds value. Far from it, the opposite has been true the last two decades and will be until the bubble bursts (which is soon). If Ashley had got a decent manager 5 years ago and gave him money, all those £10-20m players would have gone up to £40-60m in value because of the TV money. He bottled that gamble as did many. Only Chelsea have really been wise to it, buying all the youths for pennies and selling them for mega millions.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 10, 2018 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #28

    Panda

    Why do we have the 7th highest wage bill
    Where does it all go

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  • Jib

    Jul 10, 2018 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Yet more evidence that Jail is a johny-come-lately
    to footy.

    Instead of fruitlessly googling who loaned who to whom
    if he’d been aware of the fact that until 2003 loaning of
    players was only permitted between clubs in different
    divisions he could have saved himself loads of time.

    It was really the Bosman ruling in 1995 which shook things
    up about players contracts but it took time for changes to be
    implemented.

    Another factor was why loan players when you could buy an
    International full back the quality of Marc Hottiger from Sion
    for £550K ?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 10, 2018 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #30

    TNMW…I believe we have seen examples in the past that this idea of Mikes that he can get a better deal if he pays up front is nothing but an idea really…

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  • Arthur

    Jul 10, 2018 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #31

    Op – it’s ok,take it easy.Everything is gonna be just fine.Give it a little more time.

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  • Jib

    Jul 10, 2018 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #32

    Jesper as has been explained many times ,
    Ashley like most entrepreneurs hates paying tax.
    The up front payments are not to get a cheaper price
    but to amortise the fee over the life of a contract and
    ameliorate the tax burden.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 10, 2018 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #33

    OP…why didn’t they donate £5M to Save the Child Organisation and be the merciful Samaritan instead of wasting it on him in some sick joke or just to prove some ridiculous point!

    But yes, there was some many other routes they could have taken which just makes this worse than it really is…

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 10, 2018 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #34

    Pipe down Jib with “it has been explained so many times “ crap…

    What can you really explain you dimwit?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 10, 2018 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #35

    …you talk make believe crap and that’s not really an explanation!

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  • Jib

    Jul 10, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #36

    oh OK
    The baby shat on your foot Jesper ?

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  • Jib

    Jul 10, 2018 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #37

    I’m guessing “amortise” and “ameliorate” made Jesper’s
    translator seize up
    😀

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 10, 2018 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #38

    Have to say I get really fed up with all these other sites saying NUFC should buy him, or hi-jack a deal for someone else and just continually give their random opinions instead of doing any actual reporting on anything with any substance at all.

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  • Arthur

    Jul 10, 2018 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #39

    Arthur is formerly Veltman if anyone is fussed.

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  • BenbulbenMag

    Jul 10, 2018 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #40

    Hopefully we’ll see a quality striker in this window. Very tough to see who that might be though, we’ll have to hope Raffa has something up his sleeve.

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