Arsenal have been quoted an up front fee of at least £24million for Portugal ace William Carvalho according to reports in his homeland, with Arsene Wenger seemingly set on adding a midfield enforcer to his engine room.
The Mirror report the Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder has a £35m buyout clause in his contract and is thought to be keen of a switch to north London. Arsenal have been told they can get their man for £10m less if they are able to offer cash rather than the usual staggered payment structure.
The 22-year-old was part of the unsuccessful Portugal side who struggled to make it out of the group stages, but made his debut in the competition in the second half of the 2–2 draw against the United States earning 90 minutes against Ghana in their final match.
Arsenal require a strong defensive midfielder who is young and can begin to succeed the aging Mikel Arteta. Sami Khedira has been the most linked at present, but not only are his wages and transfer fee extremely high, he is not a natural defensive midfielder. While Khedira remains high on Gooners wishlist and Morgan Schneiderlin offers an instant option with proven Premier League ability, Southampton appear reluctant to sell anymore stars and we need an out and out shield for the back four.
Carvalho appears an interesting option especially if we can stump up the cash – which we can. At 22-years-old he has bags of potential to improve and become a solid enforcer in Arsenal’s midfield if suggestions of Wenger’s admiration for the player is true.
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