Manchester United's pursuit of Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho took a fresh twist last night, with A Bola reporting that the Portuguese giants have promised the starlet a new contract at the end of the season.
Carvalho has been monitored consistently by United over the past six months, with the Red Devils clocking up the air miles and making a personal check on the 21-year-old on no less than 12 occasions.
Sporting have the protection of a €45m release clause on Carvalho and are determined to keep their prized asset beyond this summer, with A Bola's front page today sharing that they will offer the youngster increased wages to sign fresh terms with an even bigger price tag during the close season.
Carvalho's rise to prominence has been swift to say the least, with the midfielder spending last season on loan with Belgian side Cercle Brugge before returning to Sporting with considerable success this term.
United are far from the only club to set their sights on Carvalho, with Arsenal also watching the tough-tackling midfield shield as early as last month.
Either side faces a hefty price tag and complications to complete any deal for the youngster though, with 40% of the player's sporting image rights owned by BES, an issue which would need to resolved before the Premier League ratified a summer switch.