Bayern Munich’s move for Fulham FC defensive midfielder João Palhinha is off, according to a new report from Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg. The price tag and the rise of internal options for head coach Thomas Tuchel reportedly contributed to the decision. Via @iMiaSanMia:
Bayern have made their decision not to move for João Palhinha this month
• Reason 1: price tag too high
• Reason 2: with Rapha Guerreiro and Aleks Pavlović, two more options have emerged in Bayern’s midfield
Palhinha’s move to Bavaria nearly happened on deadline day of the 2023 summer transfer window, but Fulham’s inability to find a last-minute replacement scuppered the deal. A contract extension ensued for the 28-year-old Portuguese international, further complicating matters.
Meanwhile Fulham’s efforts to locate another defensive mid — Fluminense’s Brazilian star André — are still faltering; from sports journalist Ben Jacobs, via @iMiaSanMia:
André’s Fulham move is now looking unlikely despite an agreement with the player from last year. The transfer somewhat hinged on whether João Palhinha left for Bayern this window. No movement there yet. A new Premier League club is interested in André [@JacobsBen]
The news of Bayern pulling out of the transfer race for Palhinha comes on the heels of earlier reports that the player still “definitely” wanted to join with the Bavarians. In any event, an eventual departure from Fulham looks likely.
“I always said I feel the love the supporters have for me. I know that someday I will leave Fulham,” Palhinha was recently quoted as saying by Sky Sports (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “I want to give everything, I am always 100% professional here and I will do my job every time I play for Fulham.”
Fulham’s latest price tag for Palhinha has been placed at €69m according to the Evening Standard (via @iMiaSanMia), who also report that the Cottagers are now “confident” of retaining their man for the remainder of the season.