There has been intense speculation surrounding the future of Joao Palhinha in the last period. According to multiple reports emanating from England, Manchester United are linked with Fulham defensive midfielder Joao Palhinha. The 27-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
Palhinha joined Fulham from Sporting CP for a fee in the region of 20 million euros in July 2022. He is under contract at Fulham until the summer of 2027.
The defensive midfielder has played 28 times for Fulham over the course of his career, scoring four goals.
The 27-year-old is considered to be one of the best midfielders in Portugal. Palhinha has also left his mark at the international stage after netting 2 goals in 18 senior appearances for the Portugal national team.
Joao Palhinha will be high in demand this summer, with him having enjoyed a sublime season for Fulham this term.
Erik ten Hag is eager to add a defensive midfielder to the squad. He wants an experienced player that can be a leader on and off the pitch for him. The Portugal international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of midfielder Ten Hag wants to target in the summer transfer window.
Someone with Palhinha’s skillset and potential will no doubt be an excellent signing for Manchester United boss. The former Sporting man will add a new dimension to Manchester United’s midfield.
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According to the report, “Manchester United are eyeing Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha. United, Newcastle, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all monitoring the Portuguese, says The Sun. But boss Marco Silva is determined to resist bids for the star. Fulham paid an initial £17million to sign Palhinha from Sporting Lisbon last year but his performances so far in this campaign will have more than doubled his value to £40m-plus. He has made more tackles than any midfielder in the big five leagues in Europe and has been the heartbeat of Silva’s side as they chase qualification for Uefa competition next season. Palhinha’s price tag is also pushed up by the fact that he still has more than four years left on his contract, with the club holding another year’s option.”
The Red Devils will have to present a really enticing offer to bring Fulham to the negotiating table. They have the resources to tempt them but it will be interesting to see if they are willing to overpay for the player.
Fulham is eager to keep the defensive midfielder beyond the current campaign, but the player may look to take the next step in his career.
Good signing for Manchester United?
If Manchester United and Erik ten Hag are seriously considering a defensive midfielder, Palhinha could also prove to be a smart option.
The 27-year-old Portugal international could be a very good squad player for Erik ten Hag over the next few years. He is at the peak of his career right now and Ten Hag could bring out the best in him.
It will be interesting to see whether Manchester United will make their move during the summer transfer window.
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Should Manchester United make a move for Joao Palhinha this summer?
Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time playing Esports games.