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Wolves should consider Arthur Melo as possible Joao Palhinha alternative

Wolves fans are waiting with bated breath for the conclusion of the Joao Palhinha saga.

Only a couple of weeks ago, it had looked as though Wanderers were all set to land the midfielder from Sporting CP this summer.

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But Fulham recently made their interest known, and reports are now suggesting that Palhinha is set to sign for the newly promoted Premier League side.

There could still be some twists and turns, but for now it looks as though he will be heading to the capital.

And should that happen, many Wolves fans will be livid with Fosun, considering how long the club have been interested in him.

But those fans should brace for the eventuality.

Palhinha joining Fulham will mean Wolves will have to look elsewhere – and the club might want to consider a move for the Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo.

According to 90min, the Italian giants are trying to offload the 25-year-old, and their report states that there is interest from the Premier League in him.

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Who knows if that could mean Wolves, but perhaps the club should be interested if Palhinha is going to slip through their fingers.

Arthur has struggled for game time since moving to Turin from Barcelona in 2020.

But that is not necessarily due to poor form.

He’s had some injury problems, and a feature from Eurosport earlier this year suggested that he simply doesn’t fit Max Allegri’s blueprint.

And Football Transfers suggested that he has been ‘horrendously mismanaged from day one’.

Wolves should consider move for Arthur Melo

It just hasn’t really worked out for Arthur, and it seems he needs a fresh start somewhere else.

Wolves should be considering making a move if Palhinha is going to go to Fulham.

Football Transfers suggest Arthur can shine if he is playing in a possession-based team and that is ultimately the direction Bruno Lage is trying to take the team. We saw glimpses of that last term.

Arthur has previously been likened to Xavi, and has a ‘fantastic short passing game’ and ‘is brilliant at breaking the first line of the opposition press’, according to Football Transfers.

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There’s maybe a decent chance he’d fancy a new challenge at Molineux.

Being Brazilian he is a Portuguese speaker and there are obviously plenty of those at the club.

Should Palhinha go to Fulham, then Wolves could do worse than to at least see if he’d be keen.