The 22 year old, who appeared for Portugal twice during their 2014 World Cup campaign, is considered to be one of the most promising young talents in Europe, with a number of clubs watching his progress closely with a view to a summer swoop.
The report states that the Gunners are clear to sign the Portuguese midfielder after club Sporting reportedly put him for sale. The North London club have been scouting the player intensively in the last 18 months and reports emerged last week that Wenger had already made a £24 million bid for his services.
It further states that the Portuguese giants are desperate to raise cash to fund new signings and after a board meeting this week, the decision has been taken to let Carvalho go. He has a release clause set at £35 million, but it’s expected that Sporting would accept a smaller fee if they could get all of the cash up front.
Carvalho is a versatile defensive midfielder, who has remarkable composure on the ball, as well as his anticipation, agility and power in breaking up opposition attacks as being among his strengths. He has a knack for finding men out wide with accurate lofted passes, as well as keeping it simple along the floor.
He had a remarkable season for Sporting last season, in which he accrued an astonishing four Player of the Month awards. Standing at over 6′ 1″, the defensive midfielder would provide a distinguished physical presence in Arsenal’s midfield infrastructure.
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However, he is relatively inexperienced and has been prone to making poor decisions, yet at his age and considering the calibre of his play this past year, his habits can quite easily be coached out of him with the nurturing that Wenger is known to provide.
With him slotting into the midfield, focusing predominantly on defensive duties and once acclimated to the Premier League, the Gunners would have on their hands a great presence in front of the back four. He will provide a towering presence in the midfield and could be a sublime addition to Wenger’s midfield corps.
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