Why Bayern Munich's move for Joao Palhinha fell through on deadline day

  • Joao Palhinha had undergone medical at Bayern Munich on Friday
  • Midfielder was at club's training ground ready to take promotional images
  • Fulham refused to sanction deal after being unable to secure replacement in time

Palhinha will remain at Fulham
Palhinha will remain at Fulham / Neal Simpson/Sportsphoto/Allstar via Getty Images

Bayern Munich failed to finalise the transfer of Joao Palhinha prior to the Bundesliga's deadline and the midfielder will now return to Fulham, sources have confirmed to 90min.

The Portugal international was expected to complete a move to the Allianz Arena prior to Bayern's 5pm BST deadline.

Palhinha had spent much of Friday in Munich undergoing a medical and was even spotted wandering around the club's training ground with a home shirt in hand ready to take pictures for his unveiling.

However, 90min understands that Fulham's inability to line up a replacement meant that they were reluctant to sign off on Palhinha's exit and his move to Germany has collapsed at the last minute.

Fulham have been scouring the market for potential replacements, including Tottenham Hotspur's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Leicester City's Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, but have been unable to make any significant progress on those deals.



Palhinha will head back to west London after expecting to end the day as Bayern Munich's newest star.

Despite this move falling through, Bayern Munich are still expected to sanction Ryan Gravenberch's move to Liverpool, though they could yet pull the plug on that deal at any given moment.

Meanwhile, Fulham are expected to wrap up the signing of Alex Iwobi from Everton before the Premier League's 11pm BST deadline.


On this edition of Talking Transfers, part of the 90min podcast network, Scott Saunders is joined by Toby Cudworth and Graeme Bailey to discuss whether Mohamed Salah could actually join Al Ittihad from Liverpool, Bayern Munich's hunt of Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha, the ongoing Sofyan Amrabat to Man Utd saga & more!

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