Arsenal are set to revive their interest in Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho with the club lowering their asking price, according to The Evening Standard.
Carvalho was heavily linked with us during the summer and at one stage the deal seemed a formality, but the report suggests that third-party ownership and the complications surrounding the transfer put Arsene Wenger off.
Since then however, Sporting has resumed full rights of Carvalho’s ownership and have accepted that clubs will not pay his release clause; said to be around £35m.
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The Evening Standard reiterates that Wenger’s first choice is Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and despite Francis Coquelin’s impressive rise, a move for the Frenchman is still on.
Central midfield is an area we may see strengthened this summer with the likes of Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini all in limbo in terms of their future.
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Should they all depart, a new midfielder would of course become a necessity.
Carvalho is young, powerful, and prides himself on his immense physicality. For the right price, it’d be worth a punt.