Joao Palhinha’s expected move to Fulham has now apparently stalled.
According to Mais Futebol journalist Bruno Andrade, the midfielder transfer to Craven Cottage is now in doubt due to Jorge Mendes having an agreement with Sporting CP to move the player to Wolves.
Apparently, the Portuguese side had an agreement with Mendes to sort the move. They had given him contractual exclusivity to sort Palhinha’s move to England.
But Mendes isn’t the one who has arranged the move to Fulham. That was, apparently, Hernan Reguera – Palhinha’s Spanish agent.
Mendes is now seeking €2 million (£1.7 million) from Sporting to organise a transfer to Wolves.
According to The Sun, an agreement was in place for Palhinha to transfer to Fulham for around £17 million.
Marco Silva had even apparently spoken with Palhinha to convince him of Fulham’s project.
But the move is now in jeopardy.
New twist gives Wolves hope of landing Joao Palhinha, but Fulham move is still likely
The Palhinha saga has been long-running, and it doesn’t appear to have any end in sight just yet.
Mendes is essentially demanding £1.7 million in compensation from Sporting for breaking their agreement with him.
It gives Wolves faint hope, but realistically, Fulham are still likely to win the race.
That said, it will be interesting to see if Wanderers actually come in with a transfer offer, amid the claim Mendes wants a £1.7 million cut.
So far, there hasn’t been one from the Molineux outfit.