The former Brazilian international is currently plying his trade with Galatasaray, but he has told SambaFoot that he still has hopes of moving to the Premier League.
A 31-year-old defensive midfielder, Melo has played for the likes of Juventus, Fiorentina and Mallorca in Europe, although it has been his stay in Turkey that has seen his most productive spell. He has made 142 appearances for them, and scored 17 goals, and has been showing the kind of form that saw him linked with a transfer to the Premier League earlier in his career.
According to the Guardian, the 22-capped international was a transfer target for Arsenal back in 2010, but nothing came of that interest and he left Juve for Galatasaray instead. There is an indication in the report that a formal offer was made, and Melo’s latest quotes suggest the reason why he turned the Gunners down - with him favouring two other top flight clubs.
Chelsea and Liverpool are named in the interview as being the two clubs he would wish to play for, for two separate reasons. Chelsea is due to an admiration for Jose Mourinho, whilst the Brazilian admitted that the Liverpool fans are the reason he would like a move to Anfield.
He told SambaFoot: “I love Chelsea because I'm a big fan of Jose Mourinho. I appreciate Liverpool because they have great fans.”
Considering his age, it is highly unlikely that either club will take the quotes as a plea for a transfer, although it could be suggested that tough-tackling defensive midfielder is the kind of player Liverpool need to complete their team. The Blues have Nemanja Matic turning out in that exact position, and it looks as if Melo will not be able to live out his dream of playing under Jose Mourinho.