Fulham considering Morten Hjulmand as Joao Palhinha replacement

Fulham will look to replace Joao Palhinha with Sporting CP midfielder Morten Hjulmand, a target for Manchester United who will cost around £67.5 million.

According to a report by Give Me Sport, Morten Hjulmand is the subject of interest from Fulham. The Cottagers are scouring the market for a midfielder heading into the summer transfer window amid uncertainties surrounding the future of Joao Palhinha. Meanwhile, the Sporting CP midfielder, who will cost around £67.5 million, is also a target for Manchester United.

The Kasper Hjulmand tale

Kasper Hjulmand has been one of the best young midfielders in the world in the last few years. A native of Kastrup, he spent his formative years in his homeland before graduating from the FC Kobenhavn youth division. However, the Dane rose in prominence during his spell with US Lecce, serving the Serie A outfit as the club captain before joining Sporting CP last summer.

Hjulmand’s leadership qualities and winning mentality immensely helped Sporting CP in the 2023/24 season. The 24-year-old was a mainstay in the middle of the park, amassing over 3,500 minutes of game time across 49 appearances in all competitions, chipping in with four goals and four assists.

Meanwhile, Hjulmand’s progress has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of several high-profile clubs across Europe. However, Fulham might spring a surprise in the race to sign the Danish international in the summer transfer window, although Manchester United will also provide stiff competition.

Premier League beckons?

Fulham’s interest in Morten Hjulmand is understandable. The Cottagers are in a spot of bother over Joao Palhinha’s long-term future amid links with Bayern Munich. So, the Sporting CP star has emerged as a viable target for Fulham. However, his price tag, the same as his release clause of £67.5 million, might pose a problem for the West London club.

Coughing up £67.5 million might not be an issue for Manchester United. The Red Devils consider the Danish international a long-term successor to Casemiro, who struggled to maintain high performance levels in the 2023/24 season. The 24-year-old has thus emerged as a top target for Manchester United.

Fulham might not be an appealing destination for the Dane, considering he currently represents Sporting CP. So, it will be interesting to see if the West London club can turn Kasper Hjulmand’s head and beat Manchester United to his signature.

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