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Palhinha backed to take Bayern ‘to another level’ amid transfer talks

Joao Palhinha has the potential to be a transformative signing for Bayern Munich, according to Roberto Martinez. 

The Portugal midfielder came agonisingly close to joining the German outfit last summer, but the deal fell apart on transfer deadline day when Fulham failed to find a replacement.

Bayern are still keen to sign the 28-year-old, but have seen two bids rejected by the Cottagers, who reportedly value the player at £70m.

Palhinha, who was also linked with Liverpool last year, started in Portugal’s penalty shootout win over Slovenia on Monday night, which saw the team progress to the quarter-finals of Euro 2024.

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After coming dangerously close to a shock elimination from the tournament, Martinez was impressed with Palhinha’s display, showing what he could bring to Bayern should a move finally come off this summer.

“João is not only good enough for Bayern, he would take the team to another level,” the former Everton boss said in his post-match press conference.

“He’s in the best moment of his career and can make his teammates better. He has made a perfect development since moving to the Premier League and deserves everything he can get.

“I loved his performance [against Slovenia]. He’s essential for this type of game. Slovenia have very fast players and rely on counter-attacks. He prevented that very well.

“His performance illustrates everything I said, his performance speaks for itself.”

Speaking on his future ahead of the round of 16 clash, Palhinha said: “As far as my future is concerned, both clubs know where I want to be in a month.”

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