Flamengo striker Rodrigo Muniz is keen on a potential £9 million move to Fulham despite receiving an approach from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, as reported by Brazilian publication O Dia.
Things didn’t go too badly the last time Marco Silva signed an exciting 20-year-old forward from Brazil.
The little-known Richarlison terrorised Liverpool on his Premier League debut in August 2017, which was certainly a sign of things to come. Four years on, he’s an established top-flight star at Everton, an Olympic hat-trick hero and a big-money target for Real Madrid.
Perhaps Muniz feels he can go the same way should he swap Flamengo for Fulham before the summer is out.
Could Rodrigo Muniz be Fulham’s answer to Richarlison?
According to O Dia, Marco Silva has held talks with Muniz’s camp and is encouraging his Craven Cottage bosses to make the 6ft 1in frontman the first signing of a new era in west London.
Muniz is understood to be interested in joining too, flattered by the intensity of Fulham’s approach.
The report adds Fulham hope to sign the youngster on an initial loan deal, one that, once made permanent, would set them back about £9 million.
Another Championship club, Middlesbrough, have made a similar offer, although it seems Fulham are in the driving seat as things stand.
Muniz has also attracted interest from Genk in Belgium, Al-Nasr in the United Arab Emirates and even Atletico Madrid in Spain.
Atletico offered £4 million up front for Muniz but appear to have backed out of the deal after Flamengo made it clear the Spanish club would have to double their initial bid to get the deal done.
If reports are to be believed, Fulham are also keen to sign Tom Trybull. The 2019 Championship winner is a tigerish, tenacious central midfield player at newly promoted Norwich City.