Wolves are reportedly now eyeing up a move for Joao Palhinha once the summer transfer window opens.
The Lowdown: All-rounder
Palhinha has built up a reputation as an all-round midfield player, as he seems to be able to do everything in the middle of the park.
Sports journalist Josh Bunting has previously described him as an ‘artist‘ and a ‘sensational player‘ when watching him in the Portuguese top-flight last month, suggesting that he is someone that glides across the pitch despite his six-foot-three stature.
Should Wolves sign Palhinha?
Portuguese football expert Zach Lowy has noted his ‘Casemiro-esque‘ ability to commit a number of fouls every week without getting himself booked, showing that he thrives in the ugly side of the game as well.
Nonetheless, with Joao Moutinho now 35 years of age, the Midlands club may have to find a replacement for him sooner rather than later.
The Latest: Wolves lurking
They are one of a number of English teams ‘interested’ in signing him this summer, after his agents had a few approaches for him in January, but the Wanderers must cough up at least €30m (£25m) for his services.
The Verdict: No-brainer
With Moutinho likely to be heading out of the door soon, it is a no-brainer for the club to add to their Portuguese contingent by signing Palhinha.
However, with Manchester United also reportedly linked, given Palhinha’s friendship with fellow Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo, they may need to swoop in early if they are to land his signature, as at 26 years of age, Palhinha may only have one big move left in his career.
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