Fulham are not giving up on signing Flamengo striker Rodrigo Muniz and are preparing a second offer for the young forward, according to reports from Brazil.
The Whites saw their loan approach for the 20 year-old rejected by Flamengo over the weekend, with the Brazilian side preferring to negotiate a sale for one of their most precocious young talents. The Championship club – who would find a permanent deal difficult to finance due to the EFL’s financial fair play regulations – are ready to return with a proposal that would add an obligation to buy at around £8.5m to the loan as new manager Marco Silva is very keen to bring Muniz to London.
Silva has held positive discussions with Muniz’s representatives and the player is very excited by the prospect of a move to Fulham after the Portuguese head coach suggested that the youngster could follow in the footsteps of Richarlison, whom Silva successfully introduced to English football after signing him from Fluminense when he was in charge at Watford. Muniz, who helped Flamengo win the Brasileiro, the Supercopa (twice) and the Recopa since breaking into the first team last year, has struggled for game time since Renato Gaucho took charge earlier this month.
Muniz, who has scored five times in 24 games for Flamengo, has previously attracted interested from Genk, Atletico Madrid, Middlesbrough and Inter Milan. It remains to be seen whether the Rio giants will be tempted by Fulham’s second offer – but the Londoners are clearly keen to conclude a deal with Silva seeking striking reinforcements before the start of the new season.