Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly earmarked Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha for a possible summer swoop. The Premier League giants are occupied with signing Palhinha after his seamless transition into English football this season.
Fulham beat Wolves to the 27-year-old’s signature in the summertime, paying Sporting Lisbon £20million so as to add him to Marco Silva’s newly-promoted squad.
That fee will now be viewed as sensational value for money at Craven Cottage after he has helped Fulham enjoy a powerful return to the highest flight.
Palhinha’s consistent displays in the center of the Cottagers’ midfield have helped them sit seventh after 18 games, closer to the Champions League spots (seven points) than the relegation zone (13).
And, in line with transfer expert Dean Jones, he has unsurprisingly caught the eye of two of the league’s biggest outfits.
Jones told GiveMeSport: “His consistency is sort of unrivalled across the league for players on this position, and it is known that Liverpool and Tottenham are two of the clubs casting a watch over him in the intervening time.
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“Fulham know they’ve an absolute gem on this 27-year-old Portuguese international and absolutely are not looking for to lose him.”
Fulham will likely be under no pressure to sell at the top of his first campaign, given he’s under contract in west London until 2027.
Liverpool or Tottenham can have to submit a suggestion the club cannot refuse, especially in the event that they maintain their Premier League status after the strong start since regaining promotion.
In that case, Fulham will likely be in line for a healthy profit on the discount fee they paid to lure Palhinha from Portugal.
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Liverpool and Tottenham are each regarded as trying to upgrade their midfield options in 2023.
The Reds are certainly one of the favourites to sign Jude Bellingham after missing out on Aurelien Tchouameni last yr and are also linked with Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez and Brighton and Hove Albion’s Moises Caicedo.
Antonio Conte wants more midfield signings at Tottenham and is claimed to be eyeing Barcelona’s Franck Kessie and Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister, amongst others.
Palhinha has seemingly joined others on each club’s transfer wishlists, though, and could possibly be the topic of high-profile approaches this summer.
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