Wolves scouts take to Brazil in search for upgrade on current star

Date published: Tuesday 19th October 2021 4:30 - James Holland

Guilherme Arana Brazil

Wolves are aiming to replace a first-team star with a highly-rated talent from Brazil, according to reports.

Bruno Lage’s men seem to have found their rhythm following a tough start to the 2021-22 campaign. A defeat to Leicester City on the opening day began a run of four losses in five league fixtures.

They have since moved up the Premier League table with victories against Southampton, Newcastle and Aston Villa.

The 3-2 win over Dean Smith’s side was arguably the most impressive. Wolves came back from 2-0 down to snatch a winner in the 95th minute, courtesy of Ruben Neves.

The West Midlands outfit will go into their next match high in confidence. They face Leeds United on Saturday at 15:00.

A number of players have impressed Lage and Wolves fans in recent weeks. However, that will not stop club officials from looking at potential improvements.

Left wing-back Fernando Marcal has played in all eight league fixtures so far but could be replaced in January.

Spanish outlet Fichajes (via Caught Offside) write that Wolves have scouted Guilherme Arana of Atletico Mineiro.

The Brazilian is an attacking left-back who could add more quality to Lage’s team. He impressed during the summer as Brazil won gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

The fact he plays in Brazil means he could be a cheap yet effective addition to the squad. Arana is currently valued at £7million by Transfermarkt and has a contract until December 2024.

Wolves are looking to give the defender another chance in Europe. He has previously represented Sevilla and Atalanta but has failed to make a significant impact.

Wolves are not the only team monitoring his situation. Portuguese giants Porto and Italian outfit Fiorentina are also interested.


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Former striker Kevin Phillips has told Adama Traore to leave Wolves for Liverpool.

The Spaniard is thought to be wanted by Jurgen Klopp at Anfield. His raw speed and power have made him a valuable Premier League asset.

During an interview with Football Insider, Phillips said: “I can’t see him starting loads and loads of games, it would almost be that Shaqiri situation where he comes off the bench.

“He would probably get more minutes than Shaqiri did. Does he start every week? Of course not, because he won’t dislodge Mane, [Diogo] Jota, [Roberto] Firmino and Salah.

“I think he would be a really good impact player, but his form at Wolves has been pretty poor.

“From a player’s point of view, if you get the opportunity to go to Liverpool – you take it.”

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