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Fulham are closing in on the signing of Flamengo striker Rodrigo Muniz according to O Dia, with the Championship outfit now offering £5 million up front. 

The Marco Silva reign is certainly underway now, with Liverpool winger Harry Wilson and former Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga arriving on Saturday in a welcome boost to a squad already expected to challenge for automatic promotion next season.  

And a deal for Silva’s number one transfer target also appears to be heading in the right direction.

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Reports coming out of Brazil last week claimed that the former Everton and Watford manager had identified 20-year-old Muniz as his top choice to lead the line at Craven Cottage in 2020/21.  

Apparently, Silva sees shades of Richarlison in a man who has also been the subject of enquiries from Al-Nassr, Genk and Diego Simeone’s La Liga champions Atletico Madrid. 

Fulham, however, only wanted to sign Muniz on loan, albeit while including a £9 million option-to-buy clause in the deal.

And Flamengo wasted little time in making their stance clear; either you pay now or risk missing out on a player who has no shortage of suitors elsewhere in Europe. 

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It seems that Silva and co have heeded that warning, returning with a far more palatable bid for a man who has scored three times in nine Brazilian Serie A matches so far this season. 

Fulham have now offered £5 million, plus add-ons. It is understood that Muniz has also agreed a five-year contract at Craven Cottage, turning down Middlesbrough in favour of a move to the English capital. 

And Fulham will have Silva to thank if Muniz is making his Championship debut in white and black during their Championship opener against – ironically enough – Middlesbrough on August 8. 

The one-time Porto and Olympiakos coach went so far as to call Muniz’s representatives, expressing his desire to work with the highly-rated centre-forward at his new club.

And that personal touch has had the desired effect, it seems.

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