Bayern Munich: Three alternatives for Joao Palhinha

Three potential alternatives for Bayern Munich in the holding midfield position if they fail to reach an agreement with Fulham for Joao Palhinha.
Three alternatives for Bayern Munich to strengthen midfield.
Three alternatives for Bayern Munich to strengthen midfield. / Sebastian Widmann/GettyImages
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Bayern Munich have been trying to strengthen the defensive midfield position for two summers in a row. Thomas Tuchel believed a new defensive midfielder was needed to improve the balance of the team. He publicly urged Bayern to sign a new defensive midfielder last summer.

The Bavarian club tried to sign Joao Palhinha from Fulham on the deadline day. Despite agreeing a fee worth €65 million, the move fell through at the last minute. Bayern have revived interest in Palhinha this summer.

Rekordmeister had two bids rejected for Palhinha this summer. The Bavarian club is planning one last bid worth €46 million for the Portuguese international. Bayern have no intention to pay more. Palhinha is eager to finally complete a move, but his hands are tied until the two clubs find an agreement over the transfer fee. In the event of a move for Palhinha not going through, let us look at possible alternatives for Bayern in the defensive midfield position.