Fulham see second deadline day exit fall through despite agreement for defender weeks ago

Ciaran McCarthy
Tosin Adarabioyo, Fulham, May 2023
Tosin Adarabioyo defending for Fulham

Tosin Adarabioyo will now not move to AS Monaco despite agreeing personal terms weeks ago, as there is ‘no agreement’ between the French side and Fulham for the transfer.

Fulham have already seen one deadline day transfer fall through. They had allowed Joao Palhinha to head to Germany to sign for Bayern Munich while they worked on getting a replacement sorted.

However, as they weren’t able to do so, Palhinha did his medical and media duties for no reason, and was forced to head back to Craven Cottage rather than see his £58million deal go through.

That all came quite quickly, with the agreement being reached at the back end of the window. Adarabioyo’s deal has now fallen through too, but in a completely different manner.

Indeed, Fabrizio Romano states the defender’s move to Monaco is ‘OFF’, as there was ‘no agreement with Fulham’. That’ll be a sore subject with the defender given how long he had expected he would become a Monaco player.

In July, it was reported Adarabioyo was nearing an agreement with the French side, and on August 22, with over a week left until the transfer deadline, Fabrice Hawkins reported the deal on personal terms had been reached.

However, as per that same report, Fulham would have preferred to sell him to Tottenham, as they reportedly wanted to acquire the services of Eric Dier.

With that being said, it’s unclear whether the Cottagers ever actually expected they would reach an agreement with Monaco, or if they would have denied Adarabioyo the chance of a move unless it was the one they specifically wanted.

There’s no suggestion of how much Fulham wanted for him, but it was reported by the Independent that Monaco would ‘put a new bid in’ once a price was agreed.

That would suggest the Cottagers never gave them a price that they were happy with paying. It seems strange that they would ask for a fee that’s unable to be reached, if indeed that is the case, as Adarabioyo is only under contract for another year, so they do need to sell to ensure they receive a fee.

Contract negotiations broke down between the defender and the club recently, so he might walk away for free next summer. With that being said, it’s odd that an agreement couldn’t be reached, as Fulham should have been desperate to recoup a decent sum.

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