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João Palhinha permitted to leave Fullham for reduced fee, Bayern remain interested

Will Thomas Tuchel finally get to scratch a defensive midfielder off his shopping list?

Fulham FC v Manchester United - Premier League
João Palhinha receives pass while Rasmus Hojlund lurks in the background
Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

It’s no great secret among Bayern Munich fan’s that Thomas Tuchel desperately wants a defensive minded midfielder.

The Bayern coach almost got his wish in the summer transfer window as João Palhinha looked set to become a Bayern Munich player. However, Fulham’s failure to secure a replacement collapsed the transfer, leaving Bayern with a bitter taste in their mouth.

Although, according to Bayern expert, Florian Plettenberg, The Bavarians may be in for a second bite of the cherry.

Many people were left confused when Palhinha signed a new deal with Fulham, tying him to the club until the 2027/28 season, all in the aftermath of his collapsed transfer to Bayern.

This would certainly up the price tag for the defensive-midfielder, raising eyebrows as to whether Bayern would be willing to cough up more than 65 million euros to secure his signature in the winter window.

Fulham, however, look set to allow Palhinha to leave for less than previously agreed upon.

Good news considering Bayern seem unwilling to match their previous bid, following doubts internally that he is worth such a hefty price tag.

It remains to be seen how much of the 60 million euros Bayern will be able to knock off. Although, a transfer in the ballpark of 50 million euros still seems like a massive transfer fee for a 28-year-old, even in an inflated market.

It is important to remember that as of yet, Bayern and Fulham have not even begun negotiations.

So buckle up y’all, this transfer saga is still set for many twists and turns before we see Palhinha in a Bayern jersey.


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