Man United ‘join five Premier League rivals in the race for Fulham star Joao Palhinha’

Man United ‘interested in signing £40million rated Joao Palhinha’ as the Red Devils target midfield reinforcements… but they face competition from five Premier League rivals for the Portuguese, who has starred for Fulham this season

  • Joao Palhinha has enjoyed a superb season since joining Fulham last summer
  • The defensive midfielder has been key to Marco Silva’s surprise push for Europe
  • Man United are among six clubs to reportedly be monitoring the 27-year-old 

Manchester United have reportedly joined the race for Fulham star Joao Palhinha as Erik ten Hag’s side seek midfield reinforcements this summer.

Palhinha has enjoyed a superb debut season in the Premier League after joining Fulham in a £17.2m summer move.

The Portuguese midfielder has been touted as a contender to be the Premier League’s signing of the season, after becoming a vital part in Fulham’s surprise push for European football.

Palhinha has now attracted the interest of Man United, with the Sun reporting Erik ten Hag’s side are among six leading Premier League clubs monitoring the star.

Premier League leaders Arsenal are also believed to hold an interest, along with Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham.

The defensive midfielder has added steel to Marco Silva's side throughout the campaign

The defensive midfielder has added steel to Marco Silva’s side throughout the campaign

Fulham are expected to resist offers for Palhinha, whose value has reportedly soared to over £40million following his impressive season.

The 27-year-old signed a five-year deal last summer, when joining Marco Silva’s side from Sporting Lisbon.

Fulham also have the option to extend Palhinha’s contract for an additional 12 months.

Palhinha has made the most tackles in the Premier League this season, adding steel to Fulham’s midfield during the campaign.

He will miss the Cottagers home match against Arsenal on Sunday as he completes a two-match ban, after picking up 10 yellow cards in the league.

Erik ten Hag's Manchester United are claimed to be one of six clubs monitoring Palhinha

Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United are claimed to be one of six clubs monitoring Palhinha

Palhinha has only missed two matches in the Premier League this season, both due to suspension.

He has contributed three goals in his 24 appearances in the league.

His superb 30-yard opener against Leeds helped Fulham book a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals earlier this month. 

Palhinha has earned 18 caps for Portugal since being handed his debut in 2021, with the midfielder scoring twice. 

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