Joao Palhinha’s brother claims Fulham only ‘postponed’ rather than ‘killed’ midfielder’s dream move to Bayern after deadline-day deal fell through
- Joao Palhinha’s brother has claimed Bayern Munich transfer was ‘postponed’
- Portugal international Palhinha was desperate to complete ‘dream’ transfer
- Fulham midfielder travelled to Germany for a medical before deal fell through
Joao Palhinha’s collapsed move from Fulham to Bayern Munich is only ‘postponed’, according to his brother and agent.
The Portuguese midfielder was at the Allianz Arena completing a switch to the Bundesliga champions on deadline day, only to be pulled back by Fulham after they could not source a replacement.
Palhinha was not in Marco Silva’s squad for Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at Manchester City and will return to Craven Cottage after international duty.
‘They didn’t kill the dream, they just postponed it,’ brother Goncalo Palhinha said. ‘Very proud of my brother and the player I represent.’
The agent praised the ‘respect, honesty and professionalism’ shown by Bayern and added: ‘Words of appreciation, recognition and thanks to the entire Bayern structure. The affection for the club in our family will remain forever even though my brother didn’t sign.’
Palhinha was absent for Fulham’s 5-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium
Fulham boss Marco Silva said it was a ‘tough day’ for his countryman as the move collapsed
Silva will hope Palhinha is able to quickly forget the failed transfer — and Fulham will have to push deflation from the Etihad Stadium to one side.
Nathan Ake nodded City into a 2-1 lead just before half-time but the Cottagers were left incensed by VAR’s call not to rule Manuel Akanji offside for interfering with play.
Referee Michael Oliver was surrounded by Fulham players — who saw the replay on the Etihad’s big screens — as it took an age to restart play, with Silva livid on the touchline.
Tim Ream, who had earlier equalised, believes they then failed to match the same intensity that had seen them unsettle City.
‘I don’t think we were quite at it in the second half,’ Ream said. ‘We weren’t as aggressive and not as tidy on the ball.
‘When you’re not as aggressive against a team like that, not getting in their faces, the game can get away from you and that’s what we saw.
‘To go in at half-time 2-1 down, deflated, you feel like you’ve played well. To have it go against you is tough to take. From our point of view it’s a clear offside.
‘We know he’s in an offside position and the ball goes straight to him. He jumps over it. It’s a tough one to understand.’
Marco Silva was left seething after Nathan Ake’s goal put City ahead before half-time – with a lengthy VAR check going City’s way
Despite swiftly equalising through defender Tim Ream, it was a chastening day at the office for the west London outfit