Reports from Portugal: Arsenal leading the race to sign William Carvalho

William Carvalho

Arsenal are the closest to signing the highly sought after Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, according to O Jogo.

Reports from Portugal suggest Arsenal lead the race for the young midfielder, who is apparently also of interest to Manchester United.

The 22-year-old is considered ‘the next big thing’ and both Premier League clubs are keen on landing a central midfield player.

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Arsenal look to have missed out on Paris Saint-Germain starlet Adrien Rabiot, with Serie A side Roma having had a bid accepted for the Frenchman.

United have been pursuing Juventus’ Arturo Vidal, but may make a move for the Sporting star.

The Portuguese club’s president Bruno de Carvalho, spoke to the media at the UEFA Champions League draw on Thursday and hinted that the club could still be involved in transfer activity before the window closes on Monday.

I do not believe that there will be many [comings or goings], but anything is possible,” he said.

“We will see. Sporting is very calm, but you never know what can happen, who teams want and what offers they want to do or whether they’ll beat any termination clause. Sporting currently has an almost completed squad. We’ll see if there’s any surprise.”

The midfielder Carvalho has a release clause in his contract of £35.7 million (€45m) but would consider letting him leave the capital for around £23.8 million (€30m).

United need a player of his type and Arsenal reportedly lead the race to sign him, so there is a possibility the Portuguese starlet could be playing in the Premier League after this weekend.


Carvalho has completed 90% of his passes so far this season.


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