Earlier today, we covered claims revealing the reason why João Palhinha’s move from Sporting to Fulham is taking so long.
It was claimed that Jorge Mendes, who was supposed to have exclusivity in negotiating the player’s move to England, stayed out of the transaction, and now demands €2m.
Despite that story, part of the Portuguese media continues to be very confident that Palhinha is on his way to the Craven Cottage.
Newspaper O Jogo today writes that ‘everything indicates’ the player is travelling to England ‘in the coming hours’ to be presented by Fulham. It’s said Marco Silva made a ‘huge effort’ to get the signing done.
Still, the outlet also makes it clear that not everything is ready. Despite the agreement between the Whites and Sporting for a €20m move being reached a while ago, the player is still to give his final ‘yes’ to the move.
O Jogo adds that there are other details to be sorted by all parties, even though they are not enough to make the deal collapse. Perhaps they refer to the Mendes issue here.
It’s also claimed that the transfer is set to only be made official after the 1st of July, so it can be counted by Sporting as an income from the 2022/23 season.