Fulham are preparing a second bid in their efforts to bring Rodrigo Muniz to Craven Cottage this summer.
That’s according to a report by Brazilian media outlet O Dia, who claimed that after Flamengo’s rejection of Tony Khan’s initial €1m (£850k) season-long loan offer with a €9m (£7.7m) option to buy clause, the Cottagers are now preparing a second bid for the centre-forward, believed to be a €1m (£850k) season-long loan offer with an €8m (£7m) obligation to buy clause.
The report added that Fulham cannot sign the player on a permanent basis this summer due to FFP regulations, as well as claiming that Muniz himself is keen on the idea of a switch to the Championship club.
Finally, it is reported that Marco Silva has held meetings with Muniz’s representatives regarding a deal, with the 44-year-old said to have informed the Brazilian that he wishes to bring him to England in order to replicate his signing of Richarlison with Everton.
Considering the sheer amount of potential Muniz appears to possess, it would undeniably be a rather large coup for Fulham if they manage to land the 20-year-old – who has also been linked with a move to Athletico Madrid this summer – ahead of next season.
Indeed, over his nine Brazilian Serie A appearances for Flamengo so far this term – only three of which have come as starts – the £2.7m-rated youngster has scored three goals, registered one assist and created two big chances for his teammates, taking 2.4 shots and making 0.6 key passes per game (Sofascore).
These returns have seen the player Mauricio Souza claimed has “a lot of area presence” earn an average SofaScore match rating of 7.16, ranking him as the club’s joint eighth-best performer in the Brazilian top flight.
Souza’s compliments did not stop there, with Flamengo’s assistant manager also stating his belief that the 20-year-old striker is a player who “disturbs the defenders,” something which is also very much a trait of Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Indeed, the thought of Muniz partnering Mitrovic in the Championship next season should be something of a mouthwatering prospect for Fulham fans, with the potential of goal returns from the two being rather significant – the Serbian plundered 26 goals in his most recent campaign at that level.
As such, it would seem highly advisable for Khan to do all he can to secure the signing of the youngster as quickly as possible, in order to allow him adequate scope to bed into Silva’s team ahead of their season opener against Middlesbrough in a little under two weeks’ time.