MANCHESTER UNITED are one of the clubs eyeing a nosedive for Fulham star Joao Palhinha.
The Cottagers are preparing for a fight to keep their star as Palhinha’s form attracts multiple admirers.
The midfielder only joined west London from Sporting Lisbon for £20million last summer.
The 27-year-old was close to joining Wolves before Fulham caught him at the last minute.
Palhinha was a mainstay in Fulham’s midfield in his first season in the Premier League.
He has scored four goals in 34 appearances this season and has been instrumental in helping the club climb to ninth place in the table.
We have previously reported how United have been monitoring the Portugal international’s situation.
Now Football Insider have confirmed Sun Sport’s exclusivity as they also claimed that Erik ten Hag’s side are facing a battle for the ace’s signature.
They claim a source has told them Tottenham are also preparing to swoop down.
Chelsea are also believed to be interested – but United have a huge advantage over the two London clubs.
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All three will be able to offer him a substantial pay rise over his current package of £50,000 a week at Craven Cottage.
However, United appear to be the only ones who could offer Palhinha the prospect of Champions League football next season.
Fulham expected to demand at least £60m for his services.