We have been regularly linked with Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho in the past (via the Mirror), and his performance in the Euro Under-21 Championships against England the other night showed just how much quality he possesses.
BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson spoke incredibly highly of the Portuguese midfielder after the game (via the BBC), and it’s easy to see why he is on Arsene Wenger’s radar.
The Frenchman looked likely to be turned off by Sporting’s massive £35m asking price, but the Mirror claim they have now dropped the fee to £21.5m.
He is arguably one of the most promising young defensive midfielders in football, and he has a hugely bright future ahead of him.
The 23-year-old was phenomenal against Gareth Southgate’s England U21 side, and he looked like a man among boys at times. He shielded the defence superbly, and dominated the midfield – allowing his side the freedom to attack.
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He looks like he would really add something to our side, and Lawrenson clearly agrees, as he ran out of superlatives for the young powerhouse.
“William Carvalho is far too good for this level,” Lawrenson said, as reported by the BBC.
“Carvalho looked like a sixth former in the playground playing against 11-year-olds who have just come into the first year of grammar school – it was that easy for him.
“He just strolled through the game – it was frightening. I know supposedly that Arsenal have had a good look at him and he looks an outstanding player.”
The Mirror claims we are looking to use Joel Campbell as a makeweight in the deal, with a player plus cash swap potentially proving an excellent bit of business.