Fulham plot raid to sign ex-Man City starlet Rabbi Matondo - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

30th Apr, 2022 | 8:00am

Sources: Fulham plot move to sign ex-Man City star Rabbi Matondo

Fulham are interested in Wales winger Rabbi Matondo following his electric loan at Cercle Brugge, Football Insider understands.

Matondo has been a revelation in Belgium this season following his loan arrival from Schalke, helping his new team to qualify for the Jupiler League play-offs.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Matondo is on Fulham’s radar with manager Marco Silva an admirer of the player’s pace and dribbling skills.

The 21-year-old has scored 10 goals and provided two assists in 27 games to help Cercle Brugge to their highest finish in the league in recent memory.

They ended the regular season in 10th, having finished no higher than 14th since their promotion to the top tier in 2018.

Matondo was Brugge’s top scorer, with all but one of his goals coming in the league.

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The Cardiff City youth graduate joined the Belgian outfit on loan last summer.

As confirmed by Schalke, Brugge have the option to turn Matando’s temporary stay permanent.

However, Fulham are considering making a move to bring the electric winger back to England following their promotion from the Championship.

Matondo spent time in both Cardiff and Manchester City’s youth sides but failed to make a senior appearance for either.

The nine-cap Wales international joined Schalke in January 2019 and made 32 appearances between the 2018/19 and 2020/21 seasons.

The Liverpool-born attacker returned to England in January 2021 to join Stoke City on loan.

Matondo played 11 times and scored once for the Potters before heading back to Germany and onto Cercle Brugge last summer.

In other news, Football Insider can reveal Fulham have set sights on signing a Premier League defender.