Fabrizio Romano confirms United to miss out on perfect midfield target set for medical at rival club

Palhinha was mentioned as a target for United in the Red Devils’ efforts to rejuvenate their options in the middle of the park ahead of the upcoming 2024/25 season.

It’s looking increasingly likely that Casemiro will leave Old Trafford even as he continues to be strongly linked with Saudi Pro League clubs. Palhinha emerged as a strong candidate to replace the 32-year-old Brazilian.

United were not the only club pursuing the Portugal international as Bayern also had him on their radar. The Fulham man almost moved to the Allianz Arena last year, only for the deal to break down on the final day of the transfer window.

The Bavarian agents maintained their interest in the United target and according to the reliable Ben Jacobs, they finally found middle ground with the Cottagers over a fee for their defensive midfielder.

“Fulham rejected three offers before agreeing on a €51m+5m package. It’s lower than their original €70m asking price, but excellent payment terms and a club-record sale.”

“Palhinha expected to sign a four-year deal subject to a medical.”

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