Flamengo are likely to sell Rodrigo Muniz after Fulham agreed a deal for the Brazilian striker, vice-president Marcos Braz has told Paparazzo Rubro-Negro.
Finally, some confirmation.
If you believed reports coming out of Brazil during the past couple of weeks, it would have been a major surprise if Muniz was not a Fulham player before the end of August.
According to O Dia, the 20-year-old will complete his protracted move to the west London outfit this week, the Cottagers having agreed a £7 million deal after chief executive Alistair Mackintosh held talks with his Flamengo counterparts.
Muniz, who has rejected Middlesbrough in favour of a move to Craven Cottage, is understood to be signing a five-year deal at the Championship club after being blown away by Marco Silva’s determination to get the deal done.
Silva, it is claimed, sees shades of Richarlison in the highly rated forward.
And while paperwork is continuing to hold up the deal, Fulham are still expected to go all Karsten Warholm and clear the final hurdle with ease.
Rodrigo Muniz could join Fulham before season’s opener
Muniz could be unveiled on the banks of the Thames before Sunday’s Championship opener against, ironically enough, Middlesbrough.
“We just sold Hugo Moura to a Swiss team (Lugano) and, which can happen later, the sale of Muniz, in which we are still in negotiations,” says Braz, breaking his silence on the future of a man who has lifted three trophies, including the Brazilian Serie A title, since breaking into the Flamengo first team as a teenager.
After a sluggish start to the summer, Fulham are making up for lost time.
The arrival of Harry Wilson from Liverpool for £12 million was a real statement of intent – the Wales international has sparkled in the Championship during loan spells at Derby County, Hull City and Cardiff – while Paulo Gazzaniga makes up for the disappointment of missing out on Ethan Horvath to Nottingham Forest.