Arsenal look likely to bring Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho to the club in the January transfer window, making him a potential first signing of the winter period.
The Gunners are expected to make a £20 million bid for the defensive midfielder, taking advantage of the fact that Sporting have been eliminated from the Champions League.
Arsene Wenger was incredibly keen to sign him in the summer, but a deal could not be agreed, with a disparity in valuation being particularly problematic for the two sides.
Sporting wanted a huge £30 million to sell him, given Carvalho’s exceptional displays for both Sporting and Portugal at the World Cup in Brazil.
However, Sporting are willing to reduce the asking price in an attempt to force through a sale, with the Portuguese giants needing to fund a possible transfer spree, according to the Daily Star.
Arsenal are said to have bid £15 million for Carvalho two months ago, with Sporting refusing the offer.
Negotiations have continued, however, and a £20 million deal is now set to be agreed for January.