Joao Palhinha, the Fulham midfielder, had a potential move to Bayern Munich on deadline day, but the deal fell through.
However, his brother and agent clarified that the deal has only been postponed, not canceled.
Despite interest from top European clubs, Fulham managed to retain the Portuguese international.
Liverpool was one of the clubs interested in Palhinha but was deterred by his high asking price of £90m.
The midfielder traveled to Germany to finalize the deal with Bayern Munich, but it hinged on Fulham securing a replacement player.
As Fulham failed to sign any targets, they decided to withdraw from the deal at the last minute.
Palhinha will now return to Fulham and play under Marco Silva for the upcoming season.
While his brother expressed gratitude towards Bayern Munich, he stated that the dream of playing for the club has only been postponed.
Fulham will be relieved to keep Palhinha for the upcoming season, especially after losing Aleksandar Mitrovic earlier in the transfer window.
Bayern Munich had shown interest in signing a midfielder, and Palhinha would have been a valuable addition to Thomas Tuchel’s team.
However, it remains to be seen if Bayern will pursue the player in the future.
Palhinha is under contract with Fulham until 2027, giving the club control over his future.
While some pundits have praised Palhinha, Didi Hamann questioned Bayern Munich’s interest in a player from Fulham, suggesting that they already have capable midfielders in their squad.
This article was updated 1 month ago