It very well might be Bayern Munich’s most recent proverbial broken record, but not all hope is lost just yet for Fulham’s Portuguese midfielder João Palhinha. Bayern just narrowly missed out on signing him at the end of the summer transfer window and then not long after the start of the Premier League season, Fulham got him to sign a contract extension. His current deal at Craven Cottage runs through the end of June 2028, but there is reportedly still a chance he could leave Fulham during the January transfer window.
Per an update from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano (via @iMiaSanMia), there is still a likely chance that the Portuguese international could leave Fulham during the winter transfer window. The player himself had made his frustrations clear when the move to Bayern fell through in the final hours of the summer transfer window, which makes whatever diplomatic comments he makes to the press now seem pale in comparison to his demeanor just four months ago.
For Bayern, Palhinha is still very much a desired player internally, and it is clear that the player would love to play in Munich. However, Bayern is entering into a tricky situation as the winter transfer window approaches, as they are in need of bringing in defensive reinforcements, as Thomas Tuchel has recently emphasized. Bouna Sarr’s ACL tear just compounded what has already been a season hampered by injuries to Tuchel’s back line and despite Tuchel’s desire to bring in a midfielder like Palhinha, the club needs to emphasize defenders in January.
As it stands, Bayern does not want to get roped into paying a ridiculous fee for Palhinha in the market of €70-75m, as they see that fee as too step and something they cannot swing right now. That could, of course, change, though that is unlikely at this current juncture, especially considering Bayern’s necessity for more defenders.