João Palhinha has transferred from Fulham to Bayern Munich, signing a four-year contract.

“Today is one of the happiest days of my life,” Palhinha shared. “Joining one of Europe’s top clubs is a dream come true. I’m excited to experience the atmosphere and fans at the Allianz Arena. I aim to achieve success with FC Bayern and win titles—I’ll give it my all.”

The 28-year-old midfielder nearly joined Bayern last summer, but the transfer fell through on deadline day. He then extended his contract with Fulham until 2028, but Bayern remained persistent in their interest and have now secured his services for the next four years.

“João Palhinha has been on Bayern’s radar since last summer, and for good reason,” said Bayern sporting director Max Eberl. “Maintaining contact was crucial. João was determined to join Bayern, and we need players with that level of commitment. He’s a key component for our future.”

Palhinha demonstrated his abilities during the Euros and brings significant experience, with around 300 appearances in the Portuguese and English leagues. His addition will enhance our midfield stability.”

Palhinha made 39 appearances for Fulham in all competitions last season. He is the second high-profile signing under new Bayern boss Vincent Kompany, following Michael Olise’s move to the club confirmed on Sunday. Earlier in June, Japan defender Hiroki Ito also joined Bayern on a four-year deal, marking the first signing of the Kompany era.

Since joining Fulham from Sporting CP in 2022, Palhinha has established himself as one of the Premier League’s top defensive midfielders, helping Fulham secure 10th and 13th place finishes in consecutive seasons.

Palhinha was also part of Portugal’s squad that reached the Euro 2024 quarterfinals before being eliminated by France on penalties.