According to a report by Florian Plettenberg and Kerry Hau on Sky Sports (via @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich have a verbal agreement with João Palhinha for a winter transfer move, but a deal is currently being blocked by Fulham, who want a minimum of €60m to let the midfielder leave. The two clubs are currently at an impasse, with the transfer hanging in the balance.
Palhinha reportedly sees Bayern Munich as his “dream club” and does not want to move anywhere else. The player still hopes that Fulham will let him leave this month, but the whole thing is contingent on the English side finding an agreement on the transfer fee.
For Thomas Tuchel, this transfer is critical because it would be the star defensive midfield signing he’s been asking for. After months of complaints regarding the shortcomings of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka, the winter window was supposed to be a chance for Bayern to sign Palhinha and make a statement backing the coach.
Fulham’s stance, which is perfectly reasonable from their perspective, complicates things. Bayern Munich are also in the running for a center-back, and don’t want to overspend on one position in the winter. With FC Barcelona defender Ronald Araújo remaining the priority target, Thomas Tuchel may have to choose between a defender and a DM this winter — if he gets any signings at all.