Fulham are keen to sign Benfica defender Morato this summer and the Brazilian wants the move to happen.
That’s according to Sky Sports reporter Rob Wotton, who shared the latest on the 22-year-old centre-back.
Fulham may have finally had some good news in this summer’s transfer window.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano has shared that Willian looks set to return to Craven Cottage after his contract expired last month.
He has apparently turned down a move to Saudi Arabia and Nottingham Forest to stay at the club.
Willian might be joined by another Brazilian if Fulham managed to sign Morato.
The young defender appears to be one of Marco Silva’s main targets to fill a position in the squad that’s looking very thin.
The club have previously been linked with the youngster, but now have put a price tag on his head.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to match Benfica’s valuation.
Fulham keen to sign Morato
Sharing Sky Sports’ latest information, Rob Wotton said: “Fulham are also in talks to sign the Benfica centre-back Morato.
“He wants to move to Fulham and has told Benfica this. Fulham are willing to pay £19m for the Brazil Under-20 international, but that will not be accepted by Benfica.”
Fulham only currently have three senior centre-backs in the squad after Shane Duffy’s loan spell ended.
Tim Ream is now fit again after missing the end of last season through injury and could be partnered by Issa Diop.
Tosin Adarabioyo is still at the club too, but he’s now been linked with a move to Tottenham are appears desperate to leave.
Morato would fit the Portuguese-speaking core that Marco Silva is creating at Fulham.
Benfica rate Morato very highly despite the fact he’s not played much first-team football in Portugal.
He managed 21 appearances across all competitions last season, although only nine of them were in the league.
If Fulham sign Morato, he would likely start as a backup as he got used to playing in the Premier League.
However, despite his brilliant campaign last year, Tim Ream can’t go on forever and Fulham appear to be preparing for his eventual retirement.