João Palinha, who was linked with Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window, has re-signed for Fulham.
Fulham announced the signing of Palinha on Friday (July 15) via their official website. The deal runs until 2028 with an option for a one-year extension.
The Portuguese international is a key midfielder for Fulham. He has a strong physical presence at 6-foot-2. He is also a strong tackler, leading the EPL in tackles last season with 147 tackles. In the 2022/23 season, Palinha scored four goals in 40 games across all competitions for Fulham.
In the summer transfer window, Palinha was heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich. According to Fabrizio Romano, a journalist specializing in the transfer market, the player told Fulham that he wanted to go to Munich. Florian Plettenberg of Germany’s Sky Sports reported that Munich and Fulham had agreed a fee of €65 million just before the deadline. Palinha has agreed personal terms with Munich and has successfully completed a medical.
Palinha’s move to Munich fell through at the last minute. Fulham approached Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Manchester United’s Scott McTominay as possible replacements for Palin, but were unable to sign anyone. Fulham withdrew their agreement with Munich and Palinha was forced to return to London. 온라인바카라
Despite Palinha being forced to stay at Fulham, Munich are still not giving up on him. According to the British Evening Standard, the Bavarians will try again to sign Palin next winter. Palinha’s brother and agent, Gonzalo Palinha, said of the move to Munich: “The dream is not dead. It’s just been postponed.”
According to British outlet TeamTalk, Palinha made it clear to the club in January that he wanted to join Munich. Palinha’s desire to join Munich remained. It was thought that he would have to wait and see in the winter transfer window, but after signing a long-term deal with Fulham, talk of a move to Munich is likely to diminish for the time being.
Speaking to the club, Palinha expressed his delight at signing the new deal. He said: “I’m happy, a lot of history has happened to me in these few weeks. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about my future, but I’m focused on my work at Fulham.”