The midfielder travels to London, where he will complete the usual procedures and sign with Fulham. Londoners pay 20 million euros.
As discovered by O GAME, Joao Balenha is carrying his bags in England and will undergo medical checks in Fulham on Saturday. The player was waiting for the green light from his representatives in light of the contractual disputes that existed, but the situation would have been simplified so that the midfielder would sign in favor of the London team, in a bond that is supposed to last for four years.
The player who turns 27 next week, who has been training at Sacavenense, a coaching club, will add his first international experience. He is excited to play in the Premier League, to reclaim ownership in the national team, and the appreciation expressed by coach Marco Silva has been key. Fulham realized that Sporting’s deal with Wolverhampton did not progress and reached the level required by the Lions, paying 20 million euros, which may fit into some budget depending on the goals.
Entering this €20 million, Sporting will reach €257 million with sales to England since the beginning of the twenty-first century, accumulating this revenue through the transfer of 18 assets, including Palhinha. The most expensive was Bruno Fernandes (Man. United), where he earned 63 million euros. Slimani stayed for $30 million at Leicester and Adrian for $20 million at the same club, after Nani left in 2007 for Old Trafford for €25.5 million. Rui Patricio went to Wolverhampton for 18 million euros, while Rojo got 16 million euros when he was recruited by United. Manchester FC also signed Ronaldo for 15 million euros and Newcastle invested 12.5 million euros in Hugo Viana and Norwich for 10 million euros in Van Wolfswinkel. Matthews Pereira (West Bromwich Albion), Elori (Liverpool), Cedric (Southampton) and Der (Tottenham) for between 10 and 5 million euros. Schelotto (Brighton), Zigellar (Watford), Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest) and Sarr (Charlton) scored under 4 million each.
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