Liverpool are the latest club to join the race for the services of talented Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha. The Portuguese has attracted the attention of many teams this season, thanks to his fantastic performances with Fulham. Among the interested teams are Manchester United, Newcastle, Arsenal and Chelsea. Palhinha joined Fulham last year from Sporting Lisbon for £17 million.
However, the player's good performances in the Premier League have seen the value of his card treble, and it is thought that Fulham now value the Portuguese at around £55-60m. The amount is also justified by the fact that the midfielder still has more than 4 more years left on his contract with Fulham.
Palhinha will turn 28 in July, and for many clubs in the Premier League looking for new players, the Portuguese is not the first choice. However, the midfielder's card costs much less than that of Jude Bellingham or Declan Rice, two of the midfielders most sought after by elite clubs.
This means that Liverpool leaders remain interested in the Fulham talent, and are ready to make a concrete offer in the summer. The Reds are also monitoring Wolves' Matheus Nunes, as well as Ruben Neves, as manager Klopp's main focus remains midfield.
Moises Caicedo, another name highly sought after by Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, has recently signed a new contract with Brighton. This means that the value of the Ecuadorian card will increase, a factor that pushes Liverpool and other clubs more towards Palhinha. However, the balance could change until the end of the season as Fulham still believe they can keep the talented midfielder in the squad, and for at least 1 year.