The transfer deadline has now passed and Bayern Munich continued to be actively pursuing deals for Fulham’s Palhinha, Southampton’s Armel Bella-Kotchap and Chelsea’s Trevor Chalobah today but ended up making no new signings.
Palhinha had been in Munich today completing his medical as well as taking pictures in a Bayern Munich shirt ahead of the club announcement. However, despite an agreement between Fulham and Bayern being reached the deal rested on the fact that the London side could not find a replacement for the Portuguese international.
Fulham had actively tried to find a replacement and had shown interest in Scott McTominay from Manchester United but no deal was able to materialise as the Scottish international rejected the club. Fulham’s failure to replace Palhinha meant his move to the Bayern was called off.
The collapse of the Palhinha deal does not hinder Liverpool in completing the signing of Ryan Gravenberch. The 21-year-old will be able to complete his €40m move to the Premier League side. The departure of Gravenberch now means Bayern only have three senior midfielders: Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Konrad Laimer.
Moves for Bella-Kotchap and Chalobah also failed to materialise for different reasons. As the transfer window in Germany closes at 6 pm CET, Bayern ran out of time to complete a deal for Bella-Kotchap. Kicker reports Bayern turned their attention away from Chalobah to focus on Bella-Kotchap despite Chelsea being willing to loan the defender to Bayern.
GGFN | Jack Meenan