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€60 million-rated Premier League midfielder dreams of playing for Barcelona



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Barcelona have been scouring the market for reinforcements in the midfield department since the summer transfer window last year, despite having signed Ilkay Gundogan and Oriol Romeu.

The recent season-ending injury to Gavi has only increased the need for another midfielder, with the Blaugrana looking at all possible avenues to generate funds and sign a player before the January window closes.

It has been suggested that Girona’s Aleix Garcia is a target, although Barcelona’s technical staff is leaning towards Amadou Onana of Everton.

Joao Palhinha dreams of Barcelona

Another name that has been on Barcelona’s list for a while now is that of Fulham’s Joao Palhinha. And, as per Toni Juanmarti of SPORT, the 28-year-old midfielder himself dreams of playing for the Catalan heavyweights in the future.

The report states that Joao Palhinha still has Barça on his mind. The Fulham midfielder is keeping alive his dream of one day playing for the La Liga champions and has told the same to those closest to him.

The 28-year-old had almost joined Bayern Munich last summer. However, the deal fell through in the last minute and the player was forced to return to Fulham, where he ended up signing a new contract until 2028.

However, sources close to the midfielder admit that he is looking forward to a change of scenery, not only for sporting reasons but also for personal reasons. And he would be delighted to join Barcelona.

Palhinha appreciated, but costly

Joao Palhinha wants to join Barcelona. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

At Barcelona, they appreciate the level of Joao Palhinha and his quality, but the operation is improbable considering the club’s finances and the limitations due to the Financial Fair Play.

The Catalan giants have a very positive opinion of the former Sporting CP midfield star, but his price tag of €60 million comes as a major hindrance, even though the club are aware that the 28-year-old wants to join.

Palhinha, who has been one of the many names that have been mentioned to reinforce Barcelona, understands that it is a very complicated move at the moment.

However, he is attracted to the possibility of joining the Blaugrana for personal and sporting reasons, as it is difficult for him to win titles at Fulham.

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