Liverpool ‘be a part of race to sign Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha’
Liverpool are reportedly contemplating whether or not to transfer for Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha throughout the summer season switch window.
Regardless of impressing for Sporting Lisbon and establishing himself with Portugal, few Premier League sides made a sustained effort to sign Palhinha final summer season.
Fulham finally edged out long-term suitors Wolverhampton Wanderers to safe a deal for the defensive-minded participant, the hope being that he would be sure that the membership stay away from the relegation zone.
As a substitute, Palhinha has emerged as one of many signings of the summer season, enjoying a key position in Fulham sitting in eighth spot and competition for European qualification.
Within the absence of the 27-year-old over the previous two matches, Fulham have seemed a shadow of their regular selves, conceding thrice in defeats to Brentford and Arsenal.
From one perspective, Palhinha’s worth to Fulham has considerably elevated throughout his absence, and Marco Silva will probably be determined to retain the providers of his compatriot in the long run.
So far as potential suitors are involved, nevertheless, Palhinha’s affect has grow to be clearer, theoretically strengthening the possibilities of affords being made on the finish of the marketing campaign.
In accordance to the Every day Mail, Liverpool are prepared to enter the race for Palhinha as they appear to conduct a midfield rebuild.
Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are anticipated to depart on free transfers, whereas James Milner may go away Anfield in the identical circumstances on the finish of his contract.
Liverpool have been closely linked with a lot of alternate options, together with Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matheus Nunes.
However, the necessity for a brand new enforcer could also be deemed extra needed than a proactive participant with the ball, with Palhinha becoming that individual standards.
Fulham have allegedly positioned a price-tag on Palhinha within the area of £60m, treble what they paid Sporting final 12 months, whereas the participant nonetheless has over 4 years remaining on his contract on the West Londoners.
Whereas Fulham are stated to be decided to retain Palhinha’s providers for a minimum of one other season, a lot may depend upon the dimensions of any bids made and whether or not they qualify for Europe.