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Ruben Vinagre would be one loser from Wolves’ Oleksandr Zinchenko deal

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Ruben Vinagre would be one loser from Wolves’ Oleksandr Zinchenko deal

The Portuguese youngster only joined on a permanent deal at the end of June.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to bring in a new face or two before their season in the Premier League begins. One of those players is Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The Ukrainian is highly rated at City but will likely continue to struggle in his pursuit of first-team football at The Etihad.

As reported by The Mirror the club have agreed a £16 million fee for the left-sided star who played six times in the Premier League last season.

Originally an attacking midfielder he has been transformed into a left wing-back under Pep Guardiola.

Wolves, who have played with wing-backs under current boss Nuno Espirito Santo, are therefore right to be targeting him.

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But would his arrival mean a departure, at least on loan, for a player who only recently signed on at the club?

 

Ruben Vinagre spent last season on loan at Wolves from AS Monaco. One of the Jorge Mendes recruits, he struggled for regular first-team football at Molineux. Despite only playing nine Championship games for the club, his age meant Wolves still considered him worth buying permanently.

That they did. At the end of June, the 19-year-old signed a five-year permanent deal at Wolves for an undisclosed fee.

Were Zinchenko to arrive it would mean he and Barry Douglas were in competition for the same position, leaving Vinagre somewhere out in the cold.

With that in mind a loan deal will surely be the next logical step should Wolves secure a deal for Zinchenko.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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