Manchester United and Liverpool have entered the race to sign Fulham’s standout midfielder Joao Palhinha, joining other top clubs vying for the Portuguese international.
The Portuguese talent’s stellar performance in Fulham’s last season has placed him on the radar of several high-profile teams, including Arsenal and Bayern Munich, according to TEAMtalk.
Despite a nearly finalized deal with Bayern Munich last summer, Palhinha’s inclination towards staying in the Premier League might present a setback for the Bundesliga champions.
The 28-year-old, who arrived at Fulham from Sporting Lisbon for £18 million in 2022, has been a key player, ensuring a substantial return for Fulham if a transfer is realized next year.
Initially, Bayern Munich had agreed to a deal close to £60 million, but it collapsed at the eleventh hour, compelling Palhinha to remain at Fulham. With the January transfer window’s unpredictable nature, there’s anticipation that Fulham might ramp up their valuation of Palhinha.
Fulham, aware of the growing interest in Palhinha, proactively extended his contract until 2028, with an option for an extra year, to safeguard their prized asset amidst the transfer buzz.