After returning from a loan spell at Middlesbrough last summer, Rodrigo Muniz had a tough start to the season with Fulham, before starting to impress for the London club this year.

The striker has eight league goals and all of them were scored since the start of February. Prior to his arrival at Fulham, Middlesbrough had shown interest in signing him on a permanent basis.

That’s according to UOL, who provide a background on how the Premier League side were able to beat competition to secure the Brazilian’s services.

Fulham signed the 22-year-old from Flamengo in August 2021, after overcoming strong competition from Middlesbrough.

It’s claimed officials from the two English clubs ‘sat at opposite tables’ in the lobby of Lisbon’s Tivoli Hotel, at a time when agents and intermediaries were working on striking the best deal.

The Championship side’s technical director Leo Percovich, who had spells in Brazil during his playing career, was assisting Boro. After negotiations and calls between England and Brazil, Fulham were able to get ahead of Middlesbrough and seal the transfer in Portugal.

UOL claim Marco Silva was insistent on signing Muniz and played a key role in convincing Fulham to pay €8m in 2021.

Both Silva and Fulham will now be glad that they were able to get the deal over the line, considering how well the South American has done recently.