Report explains where Wolves stand as Newcastle reportedly join Zinchenko chase

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese head coach Nuno Espirito Santo watches from the touchline during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Manchester City and...

Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Manchester City's Premier League champion Oleksandr Zinchenko despite Wolves' best efforts.

Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Manchester, England.

Oleksandr Zinchenko appeared to be all but set for Wolverhampton Wanderers last week.

The Mail claimed on Friday that the Black Country outfit were close to signing the Ukrainian international from Manchester City for a club-record fee of £16 million, slightly more than they paid for Ruben Neves in the summer of 2017.

That was until Newcastle United entered the race, however.

It has been a frustrating summer once again on Tyneside but the Daily Star claimed that the Magpies had exploded into life by potentially hijacking Wolves’ move for young Premier League champion Zinchenko.

The Star stated that Newcastle are also keen on the 21-year-old attacking midfielder, who was turned into a makeshift left-wing back by Pep Guardiola at the Etihad, and could launch a rival bid.

Now, the ball is back in Wolves’ court. And it seems that they are still keen to ensure the former PSV loanee ends up at Molineux.

Gabriel Jesus  and Alexander Zinchenko of Manchester City chase down Ben Marshall of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and...

The Mirror (live blog, 11.42pm) is claiming that Wolves are still negotiating with Manchester City and hope to agree a fee for Zinchenko, who made six league starts as City cruised to the title in 2017/18.

It is understood that the two clubs are still debating how much Wolves will pay up front to sign him. And, fortunately for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, they surely have the cash reserves to outbid Newcastle if it came down to it.

Manchester City's Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko (R) vies with Newcastle United's Spanish midfielder Javier Manquillo during the English Premier League football match between...

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