Joao Palhinha has made it clear that he wants to leave Fulham and join Bayern Munich in January, TEAMtalk understands.
The Portuguese midfielder was close to joining the Bundesliga champions in the summer transfer window, but the deal collapsed because Fulham were unable to find a replacement for him.
Bayern have told Palhinha that they will make another attempt to sign him in January. The Bavarian club are still in the market for a defensive midfielder and the two parties already agreed terms in the final few days of the window.
Fulham made it clear they would have allowed him to leave on the final day of the window if they could sign a replacement and they let him fly to Munich and undergo a medical.
Now, Palhinha has emphasised to Fulham that he expects them to greenlight his departure in the New Year.
We have been told by sources close to the player that he will continue to play for Fulham and do his best, but they fully expect him to push for his switch to Bayern.
To make sure Bayern return for him he knows he will have to perform to the standard he did last season following his move from Sporting Lisbon.
Earlier this month, Palhinha’s brother, who acts as his agent, implied his transfer to Bayern has been ‘postponed’ and not ‘killed’.
“They didn’t kill the dream, they just postponed it,” Goncalo Palhinha said. “Very proud of my brother and the player I represent.
“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 is under contract with Fulham until 2027 and has made 43 appearances for the club at the time of writing.