Liverpool monitor Joao Palhinha as Fulham set price

Anfield Watch Liverpool continue to monitor Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha ahead of next year, Anfield Watch has learne.

Palhinha signed  a new contract with fulham in September after nearly joining Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the summer, but the deal fell through on the final day.

According to our information, one of the reasons for the new contract was the promise of a salary increase which had been agreed in his previous contract.

Talks with Bayern have not progressed since the deadline, making Liverpool aware of the 28-year-old’s situation.

Anfield Watch was informed during the summer window that Jurgen Klopp had Palhinha on his wishlist as Liverpool searched for a specialist defensive midfielder.

However, Fulham ultimately refused to sell to a buyer as they were unable to find a replacement in time.

Although Fulham’s executive vice-chairman has claimed there is no release clause in the new contract, sources say a transfer fee of around £70m is expected to secure Palhinha’s signing.

Liverpool have already set aside £60m for the summer to spend in January and could further boost their finances for new signings by selling Mohamed Salah if the Saudi Pro League clubs return – although the club’s best player is extremely unlikely via a mid-season sale.

Palhinhais a born ‘number six’ who has made 48 appearances for Fulham since arriving from Sporting CP in the summer of 2022, scoring five goals, and was widely recognized as one of the best players in the Premier League last season.

The 28-year-old also collected an incredible 17 yellow cards during his time with the Cottagers without being sent off once.

After failing to sign Moises Caicedo or Romeo Lavia this summer, Liverpool have regularly relied on Alexis Mac Allister to fill the deeper midfielder role, although they have also brought in a more natural defensive player in Wataru Endo, 30 years old.

Anfield Watch also reported that Andre Trindade, another player Liverpool have been linked with this summer, is still hoping the Reds rekindle their interest in him in January as he closes in on Copa Libertadores glory with Fluminense.

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