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Marco Silva’s Fulham have seen their loan-to-buy bid rejected by Flamengo for striker Rodrigo Muniz as the Brazilian giants want that £9 million fee to be paid up front, as reported by O Dia. 

Oh dear indeed. 

The Marco Silva reign is now very much underway at Craven Cottage with Harry Wilson and Paolo Gazzaniga arriving from Premier League giants Liverpool and Spurs over the weekend.

The club’s pursuit of a new centre-forward is still very much ongoing, however, just days before the club’s Championship opener against Middlesbrough on August 8. 

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The West London outfit have set their sights on Muniz, with Silva seeing shades of Richarlison in Flamengo’s fresh-faced number nine. 

It was reported last week that the new Fulham boss had held talks with Muniz’s representatives. 

The striker had received offers from Genk, Al-Nassr, Middlesbrough and even Atletico Madrid. But it was Fulham he wanted, blown away by the determination Silva’s desire to bring him to Craven Cottage.  

Will Marco Silva’s Fulham miss out on Rodrigo Muniz?

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Fulham have offered a £9 million loan-to-buy deal.

Their approach will require some recalibration, however, with Flamengo making it clear that they would only accept cash up front for a man who has scored three goals in nine Brazilian league matches so far this term. 

But is it too late already?

As it stands, Flamengo appear to have called off negotiations; the deal collapsing like a house of cards on a bouncy castle.

Missing out on Muniz would be a major blow for Silva just weeks into his new job. The former Everton and Watford manager had made the 20-year-old his number one transfer target, believing that Muniz could make an impact at Fulham similar to the one Richarlison made during that fabulous debut season at Vicarage Road in 2017/18. 

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