Manchester United are set to rival Bayern Munich for João Palhinha

As reported via Bild, Bayern Munich could miss out on transfer target João Palhinha as Manchester United show their interest.

As previously understood, the Fulham midfielder had been set to sign for Die Rekordmeister on transfer deadline day, but Fulham’s failure to identify a replacement in time led to the move collapsing. However, as recently reported, Bayern are hopeful of securing Palhinha’s signature in January,

Nevertheless, with United still on the hunt for midfield reinforcement, they have established the Portuguese international as a possible option. Nonetheless, optimism is still high at the Säbener Straße due the fact that the 28-year-old is still dreaming of a move to Bavaria. 

If a bidding war were to emerge in January for Palhinha then it is understood that Bayern would be willing to pay €100m for the defensive midfielder. But, this would be a drastic increase from the €65m that was agreed between both clubs on deadline day and there is a belief internally at Bayern that the fee will remain the same.

Signing a ‘number six’ is the priority for the German champions in the winter as it is the demand of head coach Thomas Tuchel. However, his constant frustration that the club failed to sign Palhinha over the summer has begun to cause tension between the head coach and the management at Bayern.

GGFN | Will Shopland

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