Arsenal are set to beat Manchester United to their first signing of the January transfer window, as they line up the signature of Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, as reported by the Daily Star.
Reports on the continent suggest that the Gunners are close to finally capturing a midfielder that they have been heavily linked with a move for since the summer.
Carvalho has also been a target of Man Utd’s for a long period of time, and it will come as a boost to Arsene Wenger that he has been able to pip his Premier League rival to the Portuguese international’s signature.
Recent news stories suggested that Wenger was trying to negotiate Carvalho’s transfer fee down to £20 million, with Sporting having demanded a fee closer to £30 million.
Bringing in the midfielder will be a huge boost to Arsenal fans, who have wanted Wenger to sign a natural defensive midfielder for a long time.