Manchester United could face competition from Premier League title rivals Arsenal for the signing of Portuguese starlet William Carvalho.
According to the Daily Star, the Gunners have sent scouts to watch the Sporting Lisbon midfielder and long-serving manager Arsene Wenger has ordered those scouts to compile a detailed dossier on Carvalho ahead of a potential move.
21-year-old Carvalho, who spent over a year on loan in Belgium with Pro League outfit Cercle Brugge in 2012, has enjoyed a strong 2013/14 campaign so far at Estádio José Alvalade.
The Angola-born player's impressive form appears to have attracted the attention of Premier League champions Manchester United, with David Moyes - a manager under increasing pressure following Sunday's latest Old Trafford defeat at the hands of Swansea City - and the Red Devils reportedly considering a move of their own following an extensive scouting period.
However, with Arsenal now apparently circling, Carvalho - whose current deal in Lisbon reportedly has a whopping release clause of approximately £37.5 million - could have a big decision to make in the near future.
With Manchester United having suffered an alarmingly rapid fall from grace since Moyes took the reigns during the summer, their need for immediate reinforcements certainly can not be in any doubt.
Arsenal, meanwhile, continue to top the Premier League but could perhaps use a defensive midfielder of Carvalho's tenacity and stature to provide cover for combative Frenchman Mathieu Flamini.