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Manchester United and Bayern Munich discover Joao Palhinha asking price


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Joao Palhinha is keen on leaving Fulham (Picture: Getty)

Fulham have set an asking price of £60million for Joao Palhinha after rejecting Bayern Munich’s opening bid for the midfielder.

Palhinha’s move to the Allianz Arena collapsed last August, with the Portuguese midfielder remaining at Craven Cottage.

The 28-year-old made it clear to Fulham in January that he remained keen on a move to Munich but the Germans failed to sanction a move due to uncertainty over Thomas Tuchel’s position.

But Vincent Kompany has green-lighted a move for the midfielder, which saw Bayern submit a £30m bid for him over the weekend.

Palhinha was close to joining Bayern last summer. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

That offer was rejected, with Manchester United now watching the situation.

Fulham are resigned to losing the midfielder but Sky Sports report that they want £60m for Palhinha.

That’s a figure that United could easily reach, but the managerial uncertainty at Old Trafford could hand the advantage to Bayern.

United are expected to announce a decision on Erik ten Hag this week.

Thomas Tuchel will not be Ten Hag’s successor, despite holding talks with Sir Jim Ratcliffe in Monaco last week.

Mauricio Pochettino and Gareth Southgate remain in the frame.

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