“I knew how much Joao Palhinha wanted to join us,” says Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel
Joao Palhinha move to the Bundesliga collapsed on the transfer deadline day
Thomas Tuchel acknowledges that he is “sad” that Bayern Munich were unable to get Joao Palhinha from Fulham and that he is unsure of what went wrong.
Palhinha appeared ready to transfer to the Bundesliga in a £55 million ($69 million) deal, but Fulham were failed to secure an alternative in time.
To the dismay of Bayern’s management, the agreement was so far along that Palhinha had already undergone a medical and finished his media obligations.
Tuchel told reporters: “I was sad because I knew how much Joao Palhinha wanted to join us and what the player would have given us. I don’t know what exactly went wrong.”
On the final day of the transfer window, Bayern also tried to acquire Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah and Southampton’s Armel Bella-Kotchap.
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The club signed five new players this summer, notably Harry Kane, the skipper of England, but failed to sign any of its late-window objectives.
According to reports, the 28-year-old went to Munich for a physical with the hope that perhaps he would be willing to join Thomas Tuchel’s squad before the end of the week.
Liverpool had previously voiced a desire for Palhinha, but the Reds ultimately chose against launching an offer and now they instead sign Ryan Gravenberch, a midfielder for Bayern Munich.
He reportedly passed the exams and even appeared in what could be considered his new equipment, according to reports from Germany.
But after failing to find a successor for him, the Cottagers ultimately declined to approve his departure.
Liverpool, a rival team in the Premier League, was concerned that the deal’s failure may affect their decision to sign Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern.