Club chief admits ‘phenomenal’ player could be sold this summer, amid interest from Chelsea

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Fulham vice-chairman, Tony Khan has admitted the club could sell Joao Palhinha this summer, amid interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Since joining the Cottagers in a £20m deal back in 2022, Palhinha has grown to become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.

The Portuguese managed to complete an impressive 48 tackles last season – the highest for any player in the league, and this term, he has carried on from where he left off.

Palhinha’s impressively consistent displays have helped Fulham remain in the top tier of English football, and it’s no wonder he is attracting interest from some of the biggest cubs in Europe.

After a failed move to Bayern Munich last summer, the Bavarians remain interested in a transfer for Palhinha, with the likes of Chelsea, City and Liverpool also said to be circling around. And Khan has now opened the door for the player to possibly exit Fulham this summer, although he warns the offer will have to be worth it for a deal to be reached.

“Joao Palhinha is a phenomenal player and I think Joao’s acclimation to the Premier League has shown that he is an amazing player,” Khan told talkSPORT.

“He’s a huge part of the core of Fulham and we love having him here. I would want him as part of the team for as long as possible and we were very happy to extend his contract.

“But if an offer came along that would make sense for everyone I think that’s something you have to consider with every player at the right time.

“We wanted to keep him and we have kept him, he’s staying with us and there’s a lot of demand for Palhinha. He was a great signing for us.

“I love working with Marco Silva and he’s someone I work really closely with over transfers and building the squad. I talk to him on a regular basis about these things, we made a great signing with Joao and there’s now a huge market, eyes have opened.

“But it’s part of the business any time you sign a player potentially you know you’re hopefully going to grow their value and that might mean people are going to come in. It’s an exciting part of the industry, but certainly he as a person is central to our team and we love having him at Fulham.”

Palhinha is reportedly valued at £60m by Fulham.