Arsenal get best-case transfer scenario as £47m wait ends with major announcement

Arsenal get best-case transfer scenario as £47m wait ends with major announcement

Arsenal could see their transfer plans affected by Bayern Munich finally confirming Joao Palhinha’s move from Fulham. The Portugal international was on the verge of joining Bayern 12 months ago, but the move fell through at the last minute.

Palhinha thus spent another season at Craven Cottage with further excellent performances, with Bayern maintaining their interest. Following the opening of the summer transfer window, the German giants entered into talks with Fulham over a move for Palhinha and although there was some delay, his arrival at the Allianz Arena was confirmed on Thursday.

Earlier this year, the Gunners were briefly linked with Palhinha as a potential midfielder, although his heart always seemed set on a move to Bayern. In his first interview, the 29-year-old said: “It’s a dream come true for me and I’m very proud of it.

“I’m looking forward to the atmosphere and the fans at the Allianz Arena. I want to win titles. I will do everything to achieve that. This is one of the happiest days of my life.” With Palhinha’s transfer, in a £47million deal from Fulham, now confirmed, Arsenal could be in a position to make a bargain for Joshua Kimmich, with the versatile German set to leave Bayern this summer.

The potential implications of Palhinha’s move are quite significant and could also affect exits and new signings. Emile Smith Rowe is one of several Arsenal stars linked with an exit this summer, with Fulham holding a long-term interest in the 23-year-old.

Reports suggest that the Cottagers have launched offers to sign Smith-Rowe, but they have yet to reach Arsenal’s asking price, which is reported to be £25m. Marco Silva, however, cannot easily reach that price with just over £40m secured from the sale of Palhinha.

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