Sporting CP midfielder Joao Palhinha has confirmed his impending €20million move to Fulham, revealing head coach Marco Silva played a huge role in convincing him to make the move.
The Cottagers saw competition from established Premier League rivals Wolves land the Portugal international, despite Molineux being something of a haven for his compatriots.
90 minutes understands Palhinha is finally set to undergo a medical now that a legal issue that prevented him from completing the £17m move has been resolved.
The 26-year-old will now complete his medical checks before putting pen to paper on a five-year contract at Craven Cottage.
Addressing a Portuguese point of sale RTPPalhinha has confirmed his impending move from Sporting to Fulham, revealing manager Silva’s persistence was key in convincing him to make the move.
“Playing in the Premier League is a dream I will achieve,” he said. “Now I am looking for success in the best league in the world and I want to prove my worth. I can only promise that I will do my best.
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“I was convinced by the project and the perseverance. Marco Silva loved me a lot and it was fundamental because he spoke to me more than once.
“I spoke to several people who came through the club and they all gave me good information. I’m sure it will be good for me.”
Palhinha will become Fulham’s first signing this summer, and the newly promoted club are hoping to follow up with a deal for Man Utd’s Andreas Pereira. Discussions are ongoing with the midfielder over personal terms and 90 minutes understands Fulham are confident they have their man.