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Wolves transfer news: Joao Moutinho emerges as target for Roma

Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho has been linked with a move to AS Roma.

Reports in Italy (via Football Italia) have claimed the Portugal international is an option for the Serie A club, with Jose Mourinho looking for a new central midfielder.

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Football Italia report The Special One is a big admirer of Moutinho.

Supposedly, Mourinho would need to sell Amadou Diawara first in order to land the 35-year-old.

Moutinho has been enjoying a superb campaign for Wolves in 2021/22.

The veteran is one of several Wolves players who have responded really well to the arrival of Bruno Lage.

Last term was a difficult one for Moutinho and he often struggled to impact games.

Some fans regularly expressed their concerns about the former Monaco star.

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But he’s come back this a bang this season and flourished in several games. His partnership with Ruben Neves has been really encouraging, and he appears to have rediscovered his mojo.

Lage definitely loves him. He has featured in every single game for Wolves this season in some capacity.

Few will have seen that coming given the way he struggled last season.

Wolves can’t let Joao Moutinho go right now, and he surely wouldn’t want to leave for Roma

Perhaps this story has come about as a result of Moutinho and Mourinho having the same agent, Jorge Mendes.

There is surely no chance of Moutinho leaving Wolves in the next couple of weeks.

Lage needs to add midfielders not lose them.

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Moutinho has found a new lease of life under Lage, which is something Steve Bull also said recently. He looks like he is loving life as a regular in the middle of the park with Neves.

It feels as though Wolves are in the ascendency right now. Moutinho is key for Lage, and he could play a big part for Wolves in the second half of the season. European football isn’t out of the question, and the £5 million maestro (BBC Sport) may love nothing more than to help Wolves to push for the Europa League.