The 22 year old has become one of the most highly rated young midfielders in Europe after an excellent season with Sporting and his impressive performances earned him a place in the Portugal squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil this summer.
The Portuguese international has emerged as a possible target after the Gunners failed to agree a deal with Sami Khedira, who’s reported wages of £150,000 a week are thought to be the stumbling block in any potential move.
The North London club were reported to have made a bid of around £24 million for the Portugal international, but it appears those reports could be wide of the mark as the Portuguese clubs chairman Bruno de Carvalho has insisted they are yet to receive any offers for Carvalho this summer. He said:
There were proposals for Rojo and Slimani, but the values are below what Sporting legitimately want for the players.
For William, there are no proposals.
Arsenal and United are leading the race to secure his signature while Italian side Juventus are also interested in his services. The Portugal international reportedly has a release clause in the region of £37.5 million but it’s expected that Sporting would accept a smaller fee if they could get all of the cash up front.
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Style of Play:
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 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?
The Gunners are on the lookout for a dominant midfield presence to play alongside Aaron Ramsey as a long-term replacement for Mikel Arteta and Carvalho seems the perfect option to fill that role. He has all the key attributes required to flourish at the base of our midfield and although he’s not the most eye-catching player, he executes his job with maximum efficiency and minimum of fuss.
Despite of being so young, he is effectively the finished product as far as deep-lying midfielders go and if Arsenal can land the Portuguese powerhouse, they will be well positioned in the midfield going into the season.
Rumour Rater: 4/5
1 – Never going to happen
2 – Unlikely
3 – Could be possible
4 – Likely
5 – Done deal
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