Fulham have secured a new contract for Joao Palhinha. The deal will run until 2028 with an option to keep the midfielder at Craven Cottage for a further year upon expiry, according to Football Insider. But since, there has been a development.
Palhinha was very closely linked to a move away from Fulham in the summer transfer window. It was thought at one stage that Bayern Munich were going to sign him. However, in the end, the Portugal international remained a Fulham midfielder and has started the season well, scoring a goal in the draw against Arsenal.
Fulham could still sell Joao Palhinha
According to the source Football Insider, the new contract doesn’t necessarily mean that Palhinha will play the whole season at Craven Cottage. Indeed, it’s still likely that Bayern will pursue the midfielder when the January transfer window opens. What it does mean, though, is that Fulham aren’t under the onus of a release clause and they can negotiate a higher price with Bayern.
It remains to be seen whether Bayern are convinced to pay over the odds for Palhinha, but he’s certainly high on their wish list. Either way, securing a contract extension for one of your best players is never a bad move, therefore, this is smart business from Fulham.
Bayern Munich got off to winning ways in their opening Champions League match against Manchester United last night. It looks likely they will make it out their group, meaning Palhinha could be playing in the knockout stages of the Champions League come next year.
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