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Premier League-linked Erick Gutierrez has cast doubt on a potential move to newly-promoted Fulham, telling Laterala Esquerdo that he hopes to reunite with PSV boss Roger Schmidt at Benfica. 

On Friday, Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon admitted that he expects to complete a £7 million switch to Craven Cottage before the 2022/23 season kicks off. 

Now, another of Fulham’s transfer targets looks set to be on the move this the summer.

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But, with Gutierrez refusing to play down his desire to follow Schmidt from PSV to Portugal, it seems unlikely that the Mexico international will be joining Solomon, Tom Cairney, Aleksandar Mitrovic and co in West London. 

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“Of course I will miss him (Schmidt),” says the £5 million Gutierrez, who has played his best football in PSV colours under the former Bayer Leverkusen boss.  

“Now that he has decided to leave, it will be a big blow because we are playing well and I would like him to continue next season. I hope he takes me wherever he goes.” 

PSV’s 31-cap midfield general may be in luck. 

Because, according to Portuguese publication Jornal de Noticias, Schmidt is already drawing up plans to reunite with Gutierrez in Lisbon. Benfica are also keen on his PSV team-mate Ibrahim Sangare but the Ivorian colossus may be a bit too rich for Benfica’s blood.  

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According to The Sun, Sangare is valued in the region of £30 million, a fee that will make him by far and away the most expensive player in Benfica’s history, exceeding the £22 million they paid to bring in Darwin Nunez from Almeria in the summer of 2020. 

In addition to Gutierrez and Solomon, Fulham want to bring in former West Ham youngsters Dapo Afolayan and Josh Cullen. Torino defender Koffi Djidji, who played under former Cottagers boss Claudio Ranieri at Nantes, is another target. 

“But the chances of me playing in England (next season) are very high,” Solomon explains. It is my childhood dream. It’s the best league in the world. I will be there.” 

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