Palhinha’s Future at Fulham: Speculations Arise Amidst Bayern Interest
Despite penning a new deal with Fulham, doubts cloud Joao Palhinha’s future beyond the winter market. The midfielder’s position at Craven Cottage seems more complex than what meets the eye.
Although Palhinha, now 28, has committed himself till 2028 to the London-based outfit with an option to further elongate his stay by a year, insiders whisper that it doesn’t cement his stay beyond January.
Interestingly, the past summer window saw the Portugal maestro attracting attention from West Ham and was on the brink of a move to Bayern Munich. However, Fulham’s inability to latch onto a worthy successor saw the deal crumble. Football Insider shares this intriguing insight.
Bayern’s Unwavering Interest
Even after the transfer setback, Bayern’s appetite remains undiminished. The Bavarian giants are rumoured to still be interested, and with Palhinha’s fresh contract, it’s expected Fulham will raise their asking price. Delving deeper, a trusted source informed Football Insider that the new contract doesn’t carry a release clause.
Premier League Contenders
Football Insider also shed light on a surprising revelation. Manchester United showed significant interest in Palhinha during the summer window. Yet, the Red Devils retracted their claws, opting for Sofyan Amrabat on a loan-to-buy deal, presumably finding Fulham’s terms too steep.
Palhinha’s Growing Influence
The Fulham talisman isn’t just making headlines off the pitch. On the field, he’s already graced the pitch four times this season, notching a goal against Arsenal in a pulsating 2-2 draw. Last season saw Palhinha play a pivotal role, featuring in 40 matches, as Fulham clinched a respectable 10th place under Marco Silva. A reminder that Fulham acquired this dynamic midfielder from Sporting CP in 2022 for a mere £20 million.