At the close of the summer transfer season, Manchester United was rumored to be considering a move for the talented Fulham midfielder.
Joao Palhinha, a midfielder who has been linked to Manchester United, has informed Fulham that he wants to leave the team in pursuit of better possibilities.
Due to injuries, the Portuguese star has only played one complete 90-minute Premier League match for the Craven Cottage club this season, but he got everyone’s attention when he scored in a 2-2 draw against Arsenal. Due of this, teams showed a rush of late interest around the close of the summer transfer season.
One of the teams said to be interested was United, but they ultimately decided to sign Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina on a loan. Despite being in the city of London, Palhinha’s time at Fulham may be coming to an end.
The 28-year-old has reportedly told his current bosses that he wants to leave, according to Teamtalk. Unfortunately for United, Palhinha is determined on a move to Bayern Munich should they decide to pursue him.
The midfielder has reportedly received assurances from Thomas Tuchel that his club will re-sign him in January, and Palhinha is hoping Marco Silva would approve of his request to depart. The Reds will face more opposition than simply Bayern, though, if they wish to sign Palhinha.
Another report from Mundo Deportivo claims that Barcelona is now in the running for the 28-year-old and is interested in him. Palhinha is reportedly on Barcelona’s short list of players to replace Oriol Romeu when that time comes.
However, given their current financial difficulties, the Catalan club might find it difficult to pay the amount that Fulham is asking for. According to the source, Bayern agreed to pay Fulham €65 million, but the deal fell through because Fulham was unable to find a replacement so late in the transfer season.