Arsenal are reportedly due to hold further talks with Sporting Lisbon chief Bruno de Carvalho this week about a potential deal for William Carvalho, according to reports in Portuguese paper Record.
The 22 year old was strongly linked with a move to the Emirates throughout the summer but he eventually remained at Lisbon after we reportedly failed to agree terms over a move.
The report states that Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho will use the Soccerex conference in Manchester to generate interest in the Portuguese club’s prized asset. De Carvalho is scheduled to conduct a lecture at the event this week, but will use the rest of his time holding talks with potential suitors about a potential big-money move for William Carvalho.
It further states that the Gunners are among those clubs and with Arsene Wenger expected to be back in the market for a defensive midfielder this winter, these talks could pave the way for the young midfielder to finally come to North London when the window reopens.
The Portugal club are also reportedly trying to tie Carvalho down to a new contract so they can push up his £37 million release clause. They are also said to be trying to purchase more of the 22-year-old’s economic rights so that his sale, when it does arrive, is more lucrative.
His club form was rewarded with a call-up to the Portugal World Cup squad and despite the countries lacklustre efforts in South America, Carvalho was very impressive. He had an astute pass accuracy of 90%, misplacing just ten passes and attempted 16 tackles at the World Cup for his national side, winning seven of them which represented a success rate of 44%. His reading of the game is developing and he has controlled his tendency to commit one too many fouls.
Style of Play:
He is predominantly a defensive midfielder who has remarkable composure on the ball, as well as his anticipation, agility and power in breaking up opposition attacks being among his strengths. He is physically dominant in the middle and is a fierce tackler who never shies away from a battle. He has a knack for finding men out wide with accurate lofted passes, as well as keeping it simple along the floor.
Should we Buy?
Carvalho would be an absolute beast of a signing. Someone who can break up opponents possession and add some much needed physicality to the midfield. Plus he’s still very young. Definitely a much needed target.