Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly interested in Atletico Mineiro defender Guilherme Arana.

According to Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur, the club have added the South America to their transfer list.

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He says that Wolves are looking to talk to Atletico in January about a possible move for the player.

Arana, 24, has been with his current club since January 2020.

He moved there on a loan basis at first, but Atletico and Sevilla agreed upon an obligation to buy, which was activated in June.

It means he’s now back in his homeland on a permanent basis, after starting out at Corinthians.

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Guilherme Arana (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)

Last season was a fairly impressive one for Arana. He made 36 appearances across all competitions, scoring four goals and made seven assists.

Those numbers clearly indicate he is an attack-minded full-back.

 

Such form saw him go to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. He made six appearances there and he and his teammates came away with the gold medal, defeating Spain 2-1 in the final.

Arana has one cap for the national team so far.

Long-term Marcal replacement?

It will be interesting to see if this claim leads to anything in one of the next two windows.

Fernando Marcal is obviously ageing at 32, and it is very possible he could leave at the end of the season.

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Guilherme Arana (Photo by RICARDO MALDONADO ROZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Wolves won’t be bothered about making a profit on him, since he only cost a reported £1.78 million.

Then there is also the question of how Jonny Castro Otto will be when he comes back from a second serious knee injury.

Hopefully, the Spaniard can get back to his previous levels, but having another option might not be a bad thing.

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