Rodrigo Muniz could complete his £7 million move to Championship giants Fulham in “the coming days”, Flamengo executive director Bruno Spindel has told Lance.
Well, he should know.
Spindel has been heavily involved in a deal that would see one of the most exciting young forwards in Brazil swap South American football for life in west London, holding talks with Fulham chief executive Alistair Mackintosh a few weeks ago.
Fulham have agreed a £7 million, five-year deal for Muniz too after the striker emerged as Marco Silva’s number one transfer target heading into the final days of the summer transfer window.
Silva, who contacted Muniz directly in an attempt to lure him to Craven Cottage, sees shades of a young Richarlison in a man who helped Flamengo win the Brazilian league title in 2020.
“The talks are progressing with Rodrigo Muniz,” Spindel admitted when asked about Fulham’s interest.
“We hope that, in the coming days, there will be an agreement that is good for all parties.”
Fulham in advanced talks to sign Brazilian ace Rodrigo Muniz
Fulham have already completed two eye-catching signings this summer. They have brought in former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga on a free transfer while investing £12 million in Harry Wilson – the one-time Liverpool youngster who has sparkled at Championship level during spells at Cardiff, Hull City and Derby County.
Muniz, however, could be the most exciting addition yet, a striker capable of easing the crushing burden of expectation on Aleksandar Mitrovic’s broad shoulders.
Fulham have fought off competition from Atletico Madrid, Genk and money-bags Middle Eastern outfit Al-Nassr.
Championship rivals Middlesbrough and Serie A champions Inter Milan were also interested. And we know that because Neil Warnock told us.
“I can’t believe he’s turned us down,” Boro boss Warnock said of a man who’s training alone ahead of his impending switch to England.
“I think it was Inter Milan, Fulham or Middlesbrough (competing for his signature).
“(Muniz) is just a different type of player. He’s got energy, pace. We’re disappointed (to miss out) as a lot of work went into (trying to sign him).”