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Monday Fulham Stuff - 10/046/24...

Started by WhiteJC, June 10, 2024, 09:08:52 AM

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Bayern Munich are closing in on the signing of Fulham's João Palhinha
As confirmed by Florian Plettenberg, Fulham midfielder João Palhinha has verbally agreed to join Bayern Munich.

Last summer, Der Rekordmeister came within seconds of signing the Portuguese international. With a deal having been agreed upon with the Premier League side, Palhinha had completed his medical for the record champions.

However, despite the 28-year-old having taken pictures in the Bayern kit ahead of an announcement, the deal fell through. Due to Fulham's inability to find a replacement so close to the deadline, they pulled the plug on the move.

Nevertheless, over the past nine months, there have been consistent murmurings that Bayern were still interested in luring Palhinha to Bavaria.

With a verbal agreement now in place with the player, the record champions are set to enter negotiations with the London-based club. It is understood that Fulham respect the 28-year-old's wish to join Bayern, but they are looking to be appropriately compensated.

Last summer, the two teams agreed upon a €65 million fee for the Portuguese midfielder. Therefore, should Palhinha sign for Bayern this summer, the fee involved can be expected to be in the region of €60 million.


First Brazil Goal For Andreas

Andreas Pereira opened his account for Brazil with a fabulous solo goal in their dramatic 3-2 victory over Mexico on Saturday night.

Not five minutes had been played when Andreas received Savio's pass and sent two defenders to the floor with his footwork, before lashing inside the near post from just inside the area.

Andreas departed the friendly on the hour mark with the score at 2-0, courtesy of a Gabriel Martinelli effort, though Mexico fought back with two goals of their own, the second coming in the third minute of stoppage time.

But Brazil were not done, snatching victory through Endrick's pinpoint header in the 96th.

The United States' Copa America preparation match was less prosperous. Antonee Robinson was given the full 90, and Tim Ream just over an hour, as three late goals put the gloss on a 5-1 victory for Colombia.

In European Championship warm-ups, Saša Lukić played the first half of Serbia's 3-0 win in Sweden, João Palhinha featured for the entirety of Portugal's narrow 2-1 defeat by Croatia, and Timothy Castagne got 64 minutes under his belt of Belgium's 3-0 win against Luxembourg.

At Under-20 level, Martial Godo came off the bench as the England Elite Squad got their trip to Croatia off to a winning start on Friday by beating Sweden 2-1.

In other international news, Alex Iwobi was named Midfielder of the Year at the Nigeria Pitch Awards.


Max Eberl knows how much João Palhinha would help the Bayern Munich squad
The Portuguese midfielder very nearly became a Bayern player last summer, but it could still happen this summer.

João Palhinha was right on the verge of becoming a Bayern Munich player during the dying hours of last summer's transfer window, but a move from Fulham in the Premier League fell through even after the midfielder had taken pictures with a Bayern kit at Sabener Straße. He cut a rather frustrated figure when he was videoed walking through the Munich airport after the move collapsed in the eleventh hour, but he had since signed a contract extension not long into the start of Fulham's 2023/24 season.

Even still, there is hope for Bayern. Multiple reports across Europe have suggested the Rekordmeister could still be able to make a move for the Portuguese international during this summer's transfer window. Board member for sport Max Eberl and sporting director Christoph Freund have already made a point of saying it could be a busy summer window for Bayern, as they now work with Vincent Kompany to put together a squad that matches the Belgian's visions for the upcoming campaign once the core of players return from international duty.

There is a long list of players that Bayern is currently monitoring, but it would be a massive boost if they were able to strike a deal with Palhinha, as center midfield is a position the club has been trying to address. They were fortunate enough with the prominent rise of youngster Aleksander Pavlović, but even he was unable to go injury-free for the entirety of last season.


Bayern believe they will sign Palhinha this week
Bayern Munich believe they can complete the signing of Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha before the start of the European Championships, according to reports from Germany.

The 28 year-old Portugal international saw a proposed £60m switch from Craven Cottage to the German giants collapse last September, but Sky Germany reported on Friday that Bayern were ready to resurrect their interest as they look to bolster their engine room options having finished third in the Bundesliga last summer. Reporter Florian Plettenburg says that Bayern, who have already verbally agreed terms with the player, are in advanced negotiations with Fulham and are confident that they can clinch a £38.28m deal before the Euro 2024 tournament gets underway on Friday.

Reports from AZ Munchen also claim that Palhinha has had a positive discussion with new Bayern head coach Vincent Kompany and that a deal with Fulham is very close.


Bayern £29.8m bid for Palhinha rejected
Fulham have rejected a £29.8m bid from Bayern Munich for midfielder Joao Palhinha. The two clubs remain in discussions over a potential deal, according to the Athletic.

The German giants have revived their interest in the Portuguese international this summer with new head coach Vincent Kompany approving a new approach for the 28 year-old, who almost left Craven Cottage last summer only for a proposed deal to collapse on transfer deadline day as Fulham failed to find a replacement.

Palhinha has since signed a new contract with the Whites and Bayern's initial bid falls well below Fulham's valuation for the Premier League's top tackler for this seasons in a row. With his former club Sporting Lisbon guaranteed a slice of the fee, Fulham are likely to insist upon a steeper fee if they are to allow one of Marco Silva's key performers to depart.


Report: Could Marco Silva Replace Nuno at Nottingham Forest?

Marco Silva: Potential Surprise Target for Nottingham Forest
The Mail recently highlighted a potential shake-up in the managerial landscape of the Premier League, with Marco Silva being considered as a surprise target for Nottingham Forest. If Nuno Espirito Santo, who currently manages Forest, is lured away, Silva could be next in line. Silva, the current Fulham boss, signed a new deal last October which runs until the end of the 2025-26 season and includes a release clause of around £9 million.

Nuno Espirito Santo's Future in Limbo
Reports from Mail Sport in May indicated that Nuno was on the radar of clubs in Portugal and Spain after successfully guiding Forest to survival last season, despite a four-point deduction for breaching spending rules. Nuno has one year left on his contract, with an option for a further 12 months, yet this hasn't deterred potential suitors.

Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns Olympiacos, has long admired Silva. Silva coached Olympiacos during the 2015-16 season, and although he has not worked for Marinakis since, the Greek shipping magnate has always kept an eye on his progress.

Silva's Track Record at Fulham
Silva's tenure at Fulham has been marked by notable success. He led the club to promotion in 2022 and subsequently secured respectable finishes in the Premier League, placing 10th and 13th in the following seasons. Fulham's stability contrasts sharply with Forest's financial challenges. Forest might have to sell players this month to comply with profitability and sustainability regulations for the 2021-24 accounting period.

The Allure of Nottingham Forest
Despite these financial constraints, Forest's illustrious history, including European Cup victories in 1979 and 1980, combined with a passionate fanbase and ambitious future plans, make the club an attractive proposition for many managers.

In the past, Silva was courted by Saudi Pro League clubs Al Ahli and Al Hilal, offering lucrative terms. However, he opted to remain in the Premier League. West Ham also expressed interest before ultimately appointing Julen Lopetegui, former Spain and Real Madrid manager, this summer.

Transfer Rumours and Squad Overhaul
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid has reportedly shown interest in Forest defender Murillo. The Brazilian, bought from Corinthians for £10.2 million a year ago, could be sold for a substantial profit. Forest is also open to offers for forward Taiwo Awoniyi and is considering a move for their former forward Ben Brereton-Diaz, currently at Villarreal, if they sell Awoniyi.

The managerial merry-go-round in the Premier League continues to turn, and Marco Silva's potential move to Nottingham Forest is a development worth watching. His successful track record at Fulham and the admiration of Evangelos Marinakis add an intriguing dimension to this story. Whether Silva will leave Fulham after three successful years remains uncertain, but Forest's rich history and ambitious plans could be a compelling factor in his decision.


Fulham Star Will Only Exit 'For the Right Price' This Summer
Joao Palhinha has been one of Fulham's shining stars over the past two seasons but the Portugal international could be on the move

    Joao Palhinha's move to Bayern Munich collapsed last summer due to Fulham's inability to find a suitable replacement late in the window.
    Fulham are now open to selling Palhinha if the right price is met, considering him 'replaceable.'
    Bayern will need to pay upwards of £50 million for Palhinha, who has been crucial for Fulham - and they could replace him with Emile Smith Rowe, who is a rumoured target.

 Joao Palhinha saw a move from Fulham to Bayern Munich collapse at the final hurdle last summer after flying out to Germany in his bid to move to Bavaria - and he could be on his way again if Fulham can find a suitable option to bring in upon his exit, GIVEMESPORT sources have revealed.

The Portuguese midfielder has been one of the Premier League's most consistent stars over the past two seasons, being a tackling supremo on the banks of the Thames and winning the hearts of fans, staff and pundits alike for his gladiator-like performances - with Jamie Redknapp labelling him as 'fantastic'. Naturally, it has seen an interest in his signature from clubs across Europe, notably Bayern who tried to sign him last summer. And despite a change in manager from Thomas Tuchel to Vincent Kompany, sources have revealed that Bayern will try again - with Fulham deeming Palhinha as a 'replaceable' player should he leave.

Joao Palhinha: Collapsed Bayern Move In-Depth
The Bundesliga outfit flew Palhinha out to Germany but a deal wasn't done

Palhinha almost joined Bayern last summer after just one season at Craven Cottage. The midfielder had flown out to Germany in the dying hours of the transfer window after Fulham had given him permission to join the then-German champions, but despite completing a medical, the London outfit themselves failed to find a suitable replacement for their midfield star before the window had shut. As such, they refused to sanction the deal due to a lack of suitability on their behalf, and the move collapsed in the final hours of the window.

They had reportedly battled hard to keep Palhinha despite Bayern's interest, and the pull of the German icons almost proved too much temptation - though he remained in West London for the entirety of the campaign. However, a deal looks to be on the cards once again at this moment in time if Bayern can agree a fee for his services.

Sources: Palhinha Can Leave Fulham
The Cottagers will sanction a move if the price is right
GIVEMESPORT sources have revealed that Fulham would be open to selling Palhinha - but only if they receive the right price for the Portuguese midfielder, as he is not deemed as 'irreplaceable'.

In fact, the Cottagers believe that the only person at the club who is irreplaceable is manager Marco Silva, after leading them to promotion two seasons ago and achieving two mid-table finishes in the process, despite landing themselves three places lower in the Premier League table this time around.

 The club knew that there was a chance Bayern would register their interest in Palhinha once again after his failed move last summer, and with personal terms reportedly being agreed between the midfielder and the German giants with view to a move, the only thing left to sort is the fee between the two clubs - in which Bayern will have to stump up a sizeable fee for the Portugal international.

There has been talk that the Bavarian outfit are willing to pay between £35million and £40million to sign the former Sporting Lisbon metronome - who reportedly earns £80,000-per-week at Fulham - after his two stellar campaigns in west London, but that is unlikely to be enough. Fulham want upwards of £50million to part with their prized asset after landing him on the cheap two years ago and that may force Bayern to dig a little deeper to land their man.

Fulham Could Sign Emile Smith Rowe With Palhinha Fee
Fulham have been linked with a move for the Gunners playmaker

 The Cottagers have been linked with Arsenal's Emile Smith Rowe, and have reportedly made the former England international a 'target' ahead of a potential move.

Of course, he is more attacking than Palhinha and isn't a like-for-like replacement, though the Gunners star would represent a huge coup if he was to swap north for west in the capital.

In a more defensive midfield search, Coventry City star Ben Sheaf has been linked with a move to Craven Cottage but naturally, he would have to improve to match the levels that Palhinha has produced week in, week out for Silva's side.

Statistics courtesy of Transfermarkt.


Fulham have 'advanced negotiations' for sale – Verbal agreement already reached
It seems Bayern Munich are back for Fulham star João Palhinha with full strength.

According to Sky Deutschland journalist Florian Plettenberg, there are 'advanced negotiations' between the clubs for a summer move.

It's said Bayern Munich and Fulham have been in touch 'for days' following a verbal agreement. The transfer fee should be worth between €40m and €45m.

Plettenberg writes that Palhinha is hopeful that the move will be completed before the Euro 2024. He's expected to sign a four or five-year contract with the German club.

Even though Bayern Munich have a new manager, it's said Vincent Kompany actually has the desire of having the midfielder in his team, and it's club president Max Eberl who's pushing for the signing.

The Bundesliga giants had already tried to sign Palhinha back in January, and as they nearly got the transfer done then, it seemed obvious they'd try again in the summer. Now it seems they're moving quickly to get it done as soon as possible, with the Portugal international very keen on completing the switch.


Joao Palhinha £29.8m bid 'rejected' with talks ongoing as Liverpool transfer plan emerges
Latest Liverpool transfer news with midfield target Joao Palhinha seeing an offer from Bayern Munich rejected by Fulham

Fulham midfielder and Liverpool transfer target Joao Palhinha has been the subject of a €35million (£29.8m) offer. The Portugal international has been linked to an Anfield switch in recent months with Premier League rivals Arsenal also of interest, however the offer has arrived from abroad.

According to The Athletic's David Ornstein, Bayern Munich submitted an opening offer late last week that was rejected by the Cottagers. Bayern looked to have wrapped up the signing of Palhinha last summer however the deal fell through at the final hurdle with the Bavarians clearly intent on ensuring that does not happen again.

Talks are said to be ongoing with work being done to reach an agreement over the coming days. Palhinha and Bayern will be hoping that all is sorted before the start of the European championships with Portugal kicking off their campaign on Tuesday, June 18 against Czech Republic and Palhinha keen to impress.

"I don't know if it's a closed door or not, everything in football is very uncertain," he said recently on the topic of his future. "I can't say it's a closed or open door. I can't put myself in a position like that either.

"Today I want to focus more on the European Championships because that's the goal, to leave a good impression at the Euros, and then everything else will follow. People already know me."

"The fact that I'm in the Premier League means I'm in a very big shop window, probably the biggest of them all. The Euros is also a showcase that everyone is following all over the world." Despite keeping tight-lipped on where he could end up, the 28-year-old has already hinted at his desire to leave ahead of playing at Anfield earlier this year.

"I've always said that I feel the love that the supporters have for me," he told Sky Sports before Liverpool beat Fulham 2-1 in the Carabao Cup "I know that someday I will leave Fulham. I want to give everything. I'm always 100 per cent professional here, and I will do my job every time that I play for Fulham."

Liverpool's interest in Palhinha cooled over the January transfer window but it likely still remains. Numerous exit links to key players appears to be delaying any major moves being made for new signings though with Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz, Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold among those linked to be leaving.

With the future of two wingers uncertain, that is where the majority of links are arriving with Johan Bakayoko of PSV Eindhoven, West Ham United's Mohammed Kudus and Leeds United star Crysencio Summerville all of interest.


Leeds United can land big Fulham coup if they beat Everton to transfer: View
Bobby De Cordova-Reid would be an excellent piece of business for Leeds United if they can beat Everton to the Fulham forward's signature.

Leeds United are reportedly keeping tabs on Fulham forward Bobby De Cordova-Reid, amid interest from Everton and uncertainty over his future at Craven Cottage.

 According to TEAMtalk, the versatile forward is set to depart the Cottagers at the end of the month after they were unable to come to an agreement over a new contract. De Cordova-Reid's contract expires this month, which will make him a free agent this summer.

It is understood that Leeds are one of two clubs with an interest in signing Reid, should he leave Fulham this summer as is now likely. The Whites face competition from Premier League outfit Everton, with both sides hoping to improve their attacking options next season.

De Cordova-Reid's Fulham stats and profile
 The 31-year-old featured regularly in the Premier League last season, contributing six goals and two assists from 33 appearances in the the top-flight.

The Jamaica international has been with the West London outfit since making the switch from Cardiff City in 2019, initially signing on loan before making it a permanent move in January 2020.

He can operate in central areas as part of a front two, or behind the striker as an attacking midfielder, whilst De Cordova-Reid has also played plenty of his career out wide as well, which speaks to the broadness of his overall skill-set as a player.

 Not only that, but he is highly experienced at this stage in his career, having won promotion previously with Fulham, and also helping to establish them in the Premier League as well.

During his early career with Bristol City and out on loan to various EFL clubs, he was used primarily as a central or attacking midfielder at first, but became a well-rounded forward eventually as he continued to develop as a footballer, with the Robins using him as more of an out-and-out striker prior to his Cardiff switch.

Since then, he's never nailed down one set role or position, but instead finds himself moving around all over the attacking line as a utility forward. De Cordova-Reid is incredibly selfless, and will put the team first in order to allow others to play in their most optimal position; but he has always had an eye for both a goal and pass, irrespective of where he is deployed by various managers.

He possesses decent pace and stamina, whilst his ability to crash the box or find space at the back post is excellent and will see him chip in with goal contributions due to his adaptability in any league, system, or team.

De Cordova-Reid's direct dribbling and durability as an athlete will be sure to have a number of bottom-end Premier League sides interested, as well as a few top-end Championship sides such as Leeds as well.

Leeds should beat Everton to Bobby De Cordova-Reid
Of course, De Cordova-Reid is not guaranteed to switch to West Yorkshire this summer, and there will be some concern over his wage demands if he is unable to find an agreement with Fulham, which could be an issue for the Whites; but he is a player that should rank high on their shortlist this summer, especially as a free agent.

 However, their status as a Championship side could prove to be another stumbling block, as he may want to remain in the Premier League for the time being, which Everton can offer him. He would be an ambitious signing, as beating a Premier League team to his signature could prove difficult, but not if Leeds can also offer him far more regular minutes in the first-team.

Leeds have various issues to address this summer, not least because plenty of their attackers will be the subject of interest from teams at a higher level. If the likes of at least two of Crysencio Summerville, Willy Gnonto, and Georgionio Rutter are sold, then a player like De Cordova-Reid makes even more sense.

He would not need to be tied down to a set role or position, meaning Leeds could sign him to replace any of those players, with the 31-year-old able to be shifted around those players. Not only that, but Leeds lack plenty of experience following Stuart Dallas' retirement, and with Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling out of contract.

 From back-to-front, Leeds require vast experience and De Cordova-Reid knows how to win promotion, and brings bags of vital Championship and Premier League experience that needs replacing as well. Daniel Farke and the recruitment team are certain to want that, even if a player like De Cordova-Reid would be a short-term signing for them.

A two or three year deal, with the forward then becoming a squad player after a season or two, would be excellent business for Leeds as a player to come in and help retool their attacking line in the immediate campaign. He could be a number-ten or winger on either flank for the German head coach, which will help soften the blows of losing various young attackers from Leeds' attacking unit, as is expected this summer.


'Sit down with my agent' – Midfielder comments on his future amid Tottenham links
Fulham midfielder, Andreas Pereira, who is rumoured to be on Tottenham's radar, has now hinted that he will explore a potential move away from Craven Cottage once the Copa America is over.

It has been widely reported that Tottenham are looking to strengthen in the middle of the park this summer and one of the names thought to be on the club's wishlist is that of Pereira.

Tottenham have been linked with Andreas Pereira
Earlier this week, Globo Esporte explained that Ange Postecoglou's men have set their sights on the 28-year-old, who could be allowed to leave Fulham this summer.

The report explained that the player had previously promised to Marco Silva that he would remain at the club for two years, which is why the West London club previously turned down all approaches for him.

However, it is alleged that Fulham are receptive to offers for the player this summer, with Spurs, Aston Villa and Newcastle said to have expressed an interest in the Brazil international.

Andreas Pereria will sit down with his agent soon
Pereira himself has now sent a major hint about his transfer desire, admitting that he will speak to his agent about his future after the end of Copa America.

When asked about the speculation over his future, the Fulham star said (via UOL): "It's difficult to talk about the future now, I'm completely focused on the national team. After the title, God willing, I'll think about my future at the club. I'll sit down with my agent and decide my future."

He made 44 appearances for Fulham across all competitions last season, scoring three goals and providing nine assists (transfermarkt).

Spurs Web Opinion
Postecoglou has made it clear that he wants most of Tottenham's business to be done early in the window.

I wonder if Pereira's stance on not wanting to entertain any offers until the end of Copa America might persuade the Lilywhites to prioritise other midfielders instead.


Fulham set price tag for Bayern Munich target João Palhinha
According to Sky Germany, Fulham have placed a €45 million price tag on Bayern Munich target João Palhinha.

As previously reported, Der Rekordmeister have been keeping tabs on the Fulham midfielder since last summer, when Palhinha was moments away from signing for the record champions. However, nine months on from the transfer saga, it appears that the Portuguese midfielder will now finally become a Bayern player.

It is understood that the move is in the final stages after Palhinha verbally agreed to join Der Rekordmeister. As stated in the report, the 28-year-old has been offered a four-to-five-year contract from the record champions

While Fulham respect Palhinha's wish to join Bayern, they are determined to be appropriately compensated for the loss of their star midfielder.

Therefore, the London-based club has placed a €40 million–€45 million price tag on the Portuguese international. This valuation is not set to deter Bayern, with new head coach Vincent Kompany informing the club that Palhinha is his preferred candidate for the number six role.

As well as this, Palhinha's arrival will also allow for a departure within the Bayern midfield. Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka have both been told that they are free to leave the Allianz Arena this summer should a suitable proposal be made.


No doubt we missed Mitro last season, apart from that purple patch by Muniz we struggled to score goals. Tosin has now gone and Palhinha has one foot in Germany.

Three top players to be replaced over the summer window and time is on our side, interesting to see who we come up with. Failure to find good replacements and we start the season as relegation candidates, lets hope the procurement team perform well over the summer.


Quote from: filham on June 10, 2024, 10:16:56 AMNo doubt we missed Mitro last season, apart from that purple patch by Muniz we struggled to score goals. Tosin has now gone and Palhinha has one foot in Germany.

Three top players to be replaced over the summer window and time is on our side, interesting to see who we come up with. Failure to find good replacements and we start the season as relegation candidates, lets hope the procurement team perform well over the summer.

Muniz is a quality player. Goals aside he transformed the way we played. But yes, he still needs to prove himself over the course of an entire season.