Palhinha joins Bayern from Fulham in club-record sale

Joao Palhinha has left Fulham to join Bayern Munich in a permanent transfer.

Bayern will pay Fulham £47.16m (€56m) plus add-ons for the 29-year-old, according to Sky in Germany, which would see this deal become the most expensive sale in the Premier League club’s history.

Palhinha has signed a four-year deal at Bayern, keeping him at the club until 2028.

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The best of Joao Palhinha’s time at Fulham in the Premier League

Fulham owner Tony Khan said: “We’ve reached an agreement today that could result in the highest transfer negotiation in club history, with these resources coming in at an essential time in our summer squad planning for the season ahead and our long-term future.”

Palhinha’s transfer fee will surpass that of Aleksandar Mitrovic to Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal last summer.

The Portugal midfielder nearly joined Bayern last summer, but the move fell through on Deadline Day.

Bayern’s sporting director Max Eberl said: “Joao Palhinha was already highly regarded at FC Bayern last summer – and rightly so! It was important that we never lost contact.

“Joao really wanted to come to FC Bayern and we need players like him. He is an important building block for our future.

“He has once again demonstrated his strengths on a big stage at the European Championships and brings a lot of experience with him, having previously played in a European Championship and a World Cup and around 300 competitive matches in the Portuguese and English leagues. He will give us even more stability in the centre.”

When does the summer transfer window open and close?

The 2024 summer transfer window in the Premier League and Scottish Premiership is officially open.

The window will close on August 30 at 11pm UK time in England and at 11.30pm in Scotland.

The Premier League and Scottish Premiership brought forward Deadline Day to link up with the other major leagues in Europe. The closing dates were set following discussions with the leagues in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.

Bayern sign Olise from Palace

Michael Olise has completed his move from Crystal Palace to Bayern Munich.

The Bundesliga side will pay £50.8m (€60m) including add-ons to bring the 22-year-old to the Allianz Arena.

The Frenchman has signed a five-year contract at Bayern.

“The talks with FC Bayern were very positive, and I’m very happy to now be playing for such a big club,” said Olise.

“It’s a great challenge, and that’s exactly what I was looking for. I want to prove myself at this level and play my part in ensuring that we win as many titles as possible with our team in the coming years.”

Olise had been a target for both Chelsea and Newcastle this summer, but he has opted to join Vincent Kompany’s side.

Bayern sporting director Max Eberl said: “Michael Olise is a player who can make the difference and attracted great interest with his style of play.

“We want new impetus in our team, new energy, new ideas – that’s what players like Michael Olise stand for.

“During the talks, he quickly signalled that he really wanted to join FC Bayern. We’re very much looking forward to him. He will enrich our game.”

Parish: We respect Olise’s desire to test himself at highest level

Olise departs Palace after three years at Selhurst Park having joined from Reading in July 2021.

He made 90 appearances for Palace, scoring 16 times and registering 25 assists.

Michael Olise ranked highly in key attacking metrics last season
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Michael Olise ranked highly in key attacking metrics last season

Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “We are hugely proud of what Michael has achieved at Crystal Palace, a club where he has developed greatly as a player.

“We respect his desire to further test himself at the highest level of world football, and I would like to personally wish him the very best for his next adventure with Bayern Munich in Germany which I’m sure we will all follow closely.”

Olise posted on X: “Thank you to everyone at Crystal Palace. Thankful for the journey that I went through as a player at this club and the love that everyone has shown me since day one.

“Thanks to all the staff, players and especially to all the fans that have supported me I’ll be forever grateful.”

Palhinha completes Bayern medical

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The best of Joao Palhinha’s time at Fulham in the Premier League after a fee was agreed for the midfielder to join Bayern Munich

Bayern look set to make another signing from the Premier League after Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha completed his medical with the club on Saturday, according to Sky in Germany.

The Portugal international flew back to his homeland on Sunday.

Bayern have agreed a £47.4m deal to sign the 28-year-old.

However, the player’s side still has to clarify details with Fulham over his exit and his Bayern contract until 2028 has not yet been signed.

When does the summer transfer window open and close?

The 2024 summer transfer window in the Premier League and Scottish Premiership is officially open.

The window will close on August 30 at 11pm UK time in England and at 11.30pm in Scotland.

The Premier League and Scottish Premiership brought forward Deadline Day to link up with the other major leagues in Europe. The closing dates were set following discussions with the leagues in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.

Bayern agree deal to sign Fulham’s Palhinha

Bayern Munich have agreed a deal to sign Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha for a fee worth up to £47.4m.

Bayern will initially pay Fulham £43.2m for the Portugal midfielder, with an additional £4.2m in add-ons. The move will represent a club-record sale for Fulham.

Sky Germany reports Palhinha will sign a four-year deal at the Allianz Arena, and will hold off on a medical until after Portugal’s Euro 2024 campaign has finished.

The 2016 winners face France in the quarter-finals in Hamburg on Friday.

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The best of Joao Palhinha’s time at Fulham in the Premier League after a fee was agreed for the midfielder to join Bayern Munich

Palhinha signed for Fulham from Sporting Lisbon in 2022, and was close to joining Bayern last summer until the deal fell through on Transfer Deadline Day because Fulham could not find a replacement in time.

The Portugal midfielder had flown to Germany for a medical after Fulham gave him permission to make the trip.

Bayern kept their interest alive and saw another offer rejected earlier this summer, with Man Utd and Barcelona also both interested. Fulham also turned down a £45m bid from West Ham last July.

When does the summer transfer window open and close?

The 2024 summer transfer window in the Premier League and Scottish Premiership is officially open.

The window will close on August 30 at 11pm UK time in England and at 11.30pm in Scotland.

The Premier League and Scottish Premiership brought forward Deadline Day to link up with the other major leagues in Europe. The closing dates were set following discussions with the leagues in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.

Bayern defender De Ligt keen to join Man Utd

Matthijs de Ligt is keen to move to Manchester United, amid interest from the club, according to Sky in Germany.

United have held initial talks with Bayern Munich to explore the conditions of a potential deal for the Netherlands international.

Erik ten Hag, who coached De Ligt at Ajax, wants the 24-year-old as part of his squad at Old Trafford next season.

Sky in Germany have also reported that Bayern’s valuation is €50m (£42.4m), plus add-ons.

United retain an interest in England defender Jarrad Branthwaite but will only go back in for the player if Everton are willing to come down in their asking price.

It’s understood Everton do not want, or need, to sell.

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Evans in talks with Man Utd over new one-year deal

Meanwhile, Talks are ongoing between Manchester United and defender Jonny Evans over a new one-year contract.

The 36-year-old made 23 Premier League appearances for United last season – the most of any centre-half at the club.

The Northern Irishman re-joined United on a one-year deal last summer.

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Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth reveals Manchester United are linked with PSG midfielder Manuel Ugarte, who only joined the French champions last summer. Plus, more updates about targets such as Joshua Zirkzee, Jarrad Branthwaite and Jonathan David

Man Utd fixtures: Liverpool to visit Old Trafford in first month

Manchester United will start their 2024/25 Premier League season with a home fixture against Fulham, live on Sky Sports, and face Liverpool in the opening month of the season.

The opening game of the new campaign will be played on Friday August 16, with kick-off at 8pm.

United then travel to Brighton before their first big derby of the season at home to Liverpool with the game currently scheduled for Saturday August 31.

The reverse fixture will be played at the start of 2025 with a trip to Anfield on January 4.

Fans will have to wait until December for the first Manchester derby of the season, away at Manchester City on December 14. The reverse fixture at Old Trafford will be played on April 5.

Boxing Day will see Man Utd travel to Wolves, and they will finish the 2024/25 campaign at home to Aston Villa on May 25.

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The best goals Manchester United scored in the 2023/24 Premier League season

When does the summer transfer window open and close?

The 2024 summer transfer window in the Premier League and Scottish Premiership is officially open.

The window will close on August 30 at 11pm UK time in England and at 11.30pm in Scotland.

The Premier League and Scottish Premiership brought forward Deadline Day to link up with the other major leagues in Europe. The closing dates were set following discussions with the leagues in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.

Everton agree fee for Ndiaye with Bayern interested in Onana

Everton have agreed a fee with Marseille for ex-Sheffield United forward Iliman Ndiaye, while Sky in Germany is reporting Bayern Munich have an interest in Everton midfielder Amadou Onana.

The Toffees have moved a step closer to signing Ndiaye after agreeing a five-year contract with the Senegal international.

The 24-year-old joined Marseille from Sheff Utd last summer in a reported £20m deal but has failed to make an impact for the Ligue 1 side.

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Ndiaye scored just four goals in 46 appearances in all competitions for the French club last season.

But Sean Dyche’s side will be hoping Ndiaye can replicate his form from his time at Sheff Utd which saw him score 14 goals and provide 11 assists as the Blades earned promotion to the Premier League.

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Ndiaye could become Everton’s third summer signing after the arrivals of Tim Iroegbunam from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee and Leeds’ Jack Harrison on loan.

Bayern interested in Onana

Everton's Amadou Onana prior to the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture date: Sunday December 10, 2023.
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Everton midfielder Amadou Onana is expected to leave and is valued at around £50m

Everton’s move for Ndiaye comes amid interest from Bayern Munich in Toffees midfielder Amadou Onana, according to Sky in Germany.

Sky Sports News understands the 22-year-old is expected to leave Goodison Park this summer and is valued at around £50m.

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Onana joined Everton from Lille in August 2022 for £33m and has since been a key player for the Merseyside club having made 63 Premier League appearances.

The Belgium international has started both games at Euro 2024 for the Red Devils.

‘Palhinha wants to join Bayern’

Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg on Sky Sports News:

“Amadou Onana is a candidate for Bayern. They have scouted him and he knows the Bundesliga. He speaks many languages and is good physical option for no. 6 for Bayern.

“However, he is very expensive. His valuation is around 60m to 70m euros and I can’t imagine Bayern would spend that on him.”

Young signs one-year extension at Everton

Ashley Young has signed a one-year contract extension at Everton, which keeps him at the club until the end of June 2025.

The 38-year-old, who was Dyche’s first signing as Everton boss last summer, made 34 appearances in all competitions last season.

“It was a no-brainer for me to sign again,” Young told evertontv. “I spoke to the manager before the end of the season. He asked me what I wanted to do, if I wanted to stay, and straight away I said yes because I loved my time here. Kevin [Thelwell] was the same.

“The size of the club, the staff, the players and, of course, the fans, who have been excellent… I loved my time here last season. We had ups and downs but I can see how big the club is and where the club wants to get to. I want to be a part of that.”

Harrison rejoins Everton on season-long loan from Leeds

Jack Harrison has rejoined Everton on a season-long loan from Leeds.

The 27-year-old spent last season on loan at Goodison Park and the Toffees announced on Monday afternoon he would return for the 2024-25 campaign.

The winger told evertontv: “It’s brilliant to be back. Everton is a great club, there is a fantastic group of lads here and I’m excited to get started again with a full pre-season of training.

“Last year, I had a lot of enjoyment at the club. We had to face a lot of adversity but we were able to continue on and have a good season overall.

“There are a lot of reasons for wanting to return to Everton. I think the club in general – the fans, the staff, the manager (Sean Dyche), my team-mates – everyone made me feel really comfortable right away and that’s somewhere you want to be as a player. It’s a great place to play football.

“The other thing is I know I have a lot more to offer. That’s extra motivation for me to go back and prove to myself and to Everton Football Club that I can do more on the pitch. This season I’ll be able to have a full pre-season and hopefully hit the ground running.”

When does the summer transfer window open and close?

The 2024 summer transfer window in the Premier League and Scottish Premiership is officially open.

The window will close on August 30 at 11pm UK time in England and at 11.30pm in Scotland.

The Premier League and Scottish Premiership brought forward Deadline Day to link up with the other major leagues in Europe. The closing dates were set following discussions with the leagues in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.