Wolves have launched a club record £16million bid for Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The wing-back has been made available by City and Wolves are closing in, Press Association Sport understands.
Zincehnko made 16 appearances for City last season, eight in the Premier League to allow him to claim a medal as Pep Guardiola’s side romped to the title.
He spent the 2016-17 season on loan at PSV Eindhoven but struggled to make an impact and last season was a breakthrough year at the Etihad.
But City appear willing to let him leave with Wolves ready to offer him more chances of first-team football.
Zinchenko’s playing time is already at risk with the imminent arrival of wideman Riyad Mahrez from Leicester for around £60m.
He has made 17 appearances for Ukraine and joined City from Russian side FC Ufa just two years ago,
He made his Manchester City debut against Wolves in the Carabao Cup last season.
Wolves have already signed Willy Boly, Rui Patricio, Leo Bonatini, Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre ahead of their return to the Premier League.
The transfer window is well and truly open.
With the rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the stories of some legitimacy from the rest of the white noise.
Fortunately, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do it for you.
Below, you’ll find some of the latest transfer news churned out of the rumour mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.
PAULO DYBALA – JUVENTUS TO LIVERPOOL
Why it will happen: Cristiano Ronaldo’s impending move to the Serie A champions means Massimiliano Allegri will have to look at a way to accommodate the Portuguese star in his starting XI. His arrival could mean the exit of the Argentine playmaker with Juve knowing they can recoup much if not all of the Ronaldo money spent, considering Dybala is just 24 and his highly rated.
Why it won’t happen: Dybala has not publicly said that he wants to leave and is happy to stay in Turin. Given his strong campaign last season, his price tag might be the stumbling block that Liverpool will have to match in order to secure his services.
Prediction: Until Ronaldo puts pen to paper on a deal at Juventus, Dybala will remain with the Serie A champions for next season. But even if the Portuguese star signs, Juventus would be mad to let go one of their star players in what would be one if Europe’s fearsome attacks along with Gonzalo Higuain.
Rating – 5/10
MATEO KOVACIC – REAL MADRID TO TOTTENHAM OR CHELSEA
Why it will happen: The Croatian midfielder has already spoken of his desire to leave the European champions after being frustrated with the lack of starts.
Why it won’t happen: Kovacic often warmed the bench on most weeks under Zinedine Zidane but now that the Frenchman has gone, new coach Julen Lopetegui might be willing to give the Croatian opportunities to prove his talent.
Prediction: The former Inter Milan man will not be short of options should he decide to move on but given the array of talent at both Spurs and Chelsea, starting spots will be hard to come by. Don’t be surprised if Kovacic doesn’t land up at either of the two London clubs.
Rating – 3/10
JACK GREALISH – ASTON VILLA TO TOTTENHAM
Why it will happen: The England Under-21 star impressed for Aston Villa in their Championship campaign but given that they missed out on promotion to the Premier League, it looks like it’s only a matter of time before he leaves Villa Park.
Why it won’t happen: While Spurs have emerged as the front-runners for the 22-year-old, they may need to improve their £15m offer with Villa wanting double that.
Prediction: Considering his standout campaign last season, Grealish is certain to leave the Midlands. Spurs feel that they can take advantage of Villa’s financial problems to push a deal through while Grealish will be keen to prove his talent in a team where many England stars are playing.
Rating – 8/10
The summer transfer window for all international deals is open. That has started a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.
Across the world of football, there is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.
The Croatian has only started 37 games since moving from Inter Milan in 2015 but is highly rated and is part of Croatia’s World Cup squad.
According to Talksport, Chelsea and Tottenham face a battle to secure his services but with both clubs possessing an array of talent in midfield it remains to be seen whether he would want to make the switch to England.
The young Mexican attacker has caught the attention of Arsenal with the London club interested in the 22-year-old’s services.
The forward who plays for PSV Eindhoven, was one of the standout players for Mexico in this summer’s World Cup, scoring one goal in four appearances. According to The Sun, Arsenal have approached the player, who scored 19 goals and created 11 assists in his first season in the Netherlands.