Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta are actively seeking a replacement for Thomas Partey, and they have their sights set on finding the ideal partner for Declan Rice. The Daily Telegraph reports that Arsenal and Liverpool are among several Premier League clubs closely monitoring the situation of Palhinha.
While Bayern Munich has shown interest in the talented midfielder, they are not alone in the pursuit of the EPL star. Palhinha has garnered attention from top European clubs since his move to London, and Bayern Munich nearly secured his signature last summer.
However, Fulham intervened on deadline day, blocking the £56.6 million move as they couldn’t secure a suitable replacement for the midfielder in time. In response, Fulham extended Palhinha’s contract until 2028, with an option for an additional year.
Despite the setback, Palhinha has not allowed this to affect his performance on the pitch. The 28-year-old has continued to deliver outstanding performances, further solidifying his growing reputation.
As the January transfer window approaches, Fulham is preparing for potential interest in their star player, and Bayern Munich, while still keen, is no longer the exclusive suitor.
According to the Daily Telegraph, both Arsenal and Liverpool are actively monitoring Palhinha’s situation.
Jurgen Klopp is eyeing a specialist No.6 to bolster his midfield, especially with Alex Mac Allister playing in an unfamiliar role and Wataru Endo likely serving as a short-term signing.
Meanwhile, Arsenal, facing the need to sell before buying in January, recognizes the importance of midfield reinforcements, especially with Thomas Partey sidelined until the New Year and set to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Christoph Freund, Bayern’s sporting director, affirmed the club’s continued interest in Palhinha, stating, ‘Of course he is still on our radar.
The club worked intensively with Palhinha in the summer. I was there for a bit on the last, strange day of the transfer window. But you can’t say yet what will happen.’
In a recent interview on the Fulham Fix podcast, Palhinha expressed his belief that the Premier League is the ‘best league in the world’ and perfectly suits his style of play.
He stated, ‘I always looked to the Premier League as the best league for me as a player. My characteristics, what I want to do on the pitch, for me, it is the best league that I fit.’