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Midfielder Secures Record-Breaking Transfer to Bayern Munich

Hamburg, Germany. 05th July, 2024. Hamburg, Germany, July 5th 2024: Joao Palhinha (6 Portugal) and Kylian Mbappe (10 France) battle for the ball (duel) during the UEFA EURO 2024 Germany quarterfinal football match between Portugal and France at Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, Germany. (Daniela Porcelli/SPP) Credit: SPP Sport Press Photo. /Alamy Live News
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João Palhinha has completed his medical and is set to sign a contract with Bayern Munich until June 2028. Fulham will receive a fee in the region of €50 million plus add-ons, marking a record sale for the club. The transfer has been confirmed, with Palhinha pushing for the move for weeks.

  • João Palhinha has completed his medical and is set to sign with Bayern Munich.
  • Fulham will receive a fee of €50 million plus add-ons, a record sale for the club.
  • The transfer has been confirmed, with Palhinha eager to join Bayern Munich.

A New Chapter in Munich

João Palhinha, the Portuguese defensive midfielder, has successfully completed his medical and is on the brink of signing a contract with Bayern Munich that will keep him in Germany until June 2028. This transfer, confirmed by insider Fabrizio Romano, sees Fulham receiving a substantial fee of €50 million, plus potential add-ons.

For Fulham, this transfer represents a record sale, highlighting Palhinha’s value and impact during his tenure in the Premier League. Bayern Munich had shown interest in the player previously, with a near-miss in securing him last summer. The player’s consistent push for the transfer underscores his eagerness to join the German giants and make his mark in the Bundesliga.


Player Profile and Career Statistics

João Maria Lobo Alves Palhinha Gonçalves, born on July 9, 1995, in Lisboa, Portugal, is a towering presence at 1.90 meters. Known for his defensive prowess, Palhinha has carved out an impressive career:

  • Total Appearances: 318
  • Goals: 23
  • Assists: 6
  • Minutes Played: 23,605

Club Career Breakdown

  • Liga Portugal: 164 appearances, 9 goals
  • Premier League: 68 appearances, 7 goals
  • UEFA Competitions:
    • Champions League: 8 appearances
    • Europa League: 8 appearances
    • Europa League Qualifying: 4 appearances
  • Domestic Cups:
    • FA Cup: 6 appearances
    • EFL Cup: 5 appearances
    • Taça de Portugal: 16 appearances

National Team Contributions

  • Portugal: 31 caps, 2 goals
  • Youth National Teams:
    • U20: 2 caps
    • U19: 14 caps, 1 goal

Impact on Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich’s acquisition of João Palhinha is a strategic move to bolster their midfield. Palhinha’s performances for Fulham and his regular appearances for the Portuguese national team have made him a standout player. This transfer is part of Bayern’s broader strategy to strengthen their squad, particularly in defensive areas.

The confirmed transfer of João Palhinha to Bayern Munich is set to bring significant expertise and strength to the team’s midfield, promising an exciting season ahead for the German club.

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