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Bayern Munich and Thomas Tuchel at loggerheads after failed Joao Palhinha pursuit

Frustrations are boiling over as Thomas Tuchel’s recent remarks on Bayern Munich’s unsuccessful quest to sign Fulham’s Joao Palhinha haven’t gone down well with the Allianz Arena chiefs.

According to German newspaper Bild, the former Chelsea boss has infuriated the Bavarians’ powerbrokers after making negative comments on the club’s faltered pursuit of the Cottagers star.

Tuchel was desperate to land a new deep-lying midfielder towards the end of the summer transfer window, identifying Palhinha as an ideal candidate to slot in next to Joshua Kimmich.

Despite undergoing a medical in Munich, the 28-year-old couldn’t sign on the dotted line as time ran out before the perennial Bundesliga champions could submit the paperwork.

With Palhinha’s arrival collapsing at the 11th hour, the 50-year-old went public to show his discontent, which could throw his Bayern career at risk.

The Bavarians and Tuchel failed to see eye to eye during the German manager’s first transfer window in charge of the 11-time consecutive Bundesliga champions on multiple deals.

While the club tried to compel their chief of staff to land a new full-back, offering the likes of Joao Cancelo and Trevoh Chalobah, Tuchel had no interest in reinforcing the position.

However, he was keen to keep hold of Benjamin Pavard, and Bayern’s decision to sanction the French defender’s switch to Inter Milan left him fuming, as per Florian Plettenberg.

Tuchel’s dissatisfaction with transfer dealings has not affected the team, as Harry Kane and his teammates started their title defence with three consecutive victories.

Kane was on the scoresheet three times as Bayern thumped Werder Bremen and Augsburg via an aggregate score of 7-1 in the opening two Bundesliga rounds.

Although he failed to maintain his free-scoring start to life in Germany at Borussia Monchengladbach last time out, Bayern fought back from a 1-0 half-time deficit to eke out a 2-1 win.

But Bayern’s 100% league record in 2023/24 may not guarantee the German’s long-term future at the Allianz Arena.

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