Even though it’s been a long time since the Portuguese media first claimed Fulham and Sporting have agreed a deal for the transfer of João Palhinha, the move is still to be made official, with reports from Lisbon citing the player being on holiday as the reason.

However, we now get to see an interesting report from journalist Bruno Andrade, presenting another reason why the deal is stalled for now.

According to his report, Jorge Mendes received an authorisation, last season, from Sporting to ‘exclusively discuss’ the midfielder’s future in the English market.

It’s said Mendes expected a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have been linked to Palhinha this summer, despite being unable to reach a deal with the Lions.

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Bruno Andrade, however, claims the transfer to Fulham was handled by another agent, Hernan Nogueira. Mendes, who stayed out of these negotiations, is charging €2m, as he was supposed to have ‘priority in the intermediation’ and would therefore like his cut.

The journalist says it’s Sporting, not Fulham, who have the ‘responsibility’ of paying the extra fee and getting the transfer sealed.