Arsenal are on the cusp of finally agreeing a move for Sporting Lisbon’s midfield dynamo William Carvalho, with the hope in north London that they can finalise a deal with the Portuguese club for his transfer this week, as reported by The Metro.
The north London club are set to hold discussions with the president of Sporting Lisbon this week in order to finalise a transfer fee for the player.
Manager Arsene Wenger has highlighted Carvalho as a key target for the Gunners, and the club made several bids for him over the summer, including one on deadline day when a new move for him was rejected by Lisbon club.
Portuguese newspaper Record are now saying that talks are set to take place this week, with Wenger keen on finalising an agreement for the star.
Despite Carvalho having a buyout clause of £37 million, Arsenal should be able to secure him for less money, with Sporting looking to raise money. The Iberian club are well aware that the player wants the move, and are not particularly looking to hinder that.
Manchester United have reportedly denied any interest in either Juventus’s Arturo Vidal or Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, as reported by Daniel Taylor of The Guardian.
The Old Trafford club have been consistently linked with a move for Vidal, who would cost around £40m, throughout the summer, and he was seen as the ideal candidate to resolve their woeful midfield. While interest seemed to cool a few months ago, recent rumours suggested that Louis van Gaal, the recently appointed manager, had resumed his interest in the Chilean international. That no longer seems to be the case.
Carvalho, worth £24m, on the other hand, is a relatively recent link, but has also been interesting Arsenal throughout the window. The midfielder is cut from a slightly different cloth to Vidal, but would still offer a genuine force in the middle of the park that Man Utd are lacking heavily.
The Manchester side have failed to win any of their opening three games of the season, with Tuesday’s 4-0 loss against MK Dons representing a complete embarrassment for the club. William Grigg and Benik Afobe scored a brace apiece.