It is being widely reported that Manchester United have opened talks with Sporting Lisbon regarding the transfer of midfield powerhouse William Carvalho.
However the Angolan-born, Portuguese international, has a buy-out clause believed to be in the region of £37.5million, which seems somewhat excessive for a player who has only made two appearances for his national side, making his debut in November 2013.
Although, United may look to negotiate a lower fee for Carvalho, there are a number of Europe's other elite clubs believed to be circling, which may push them closer to the buy-out clause. According to a report in O Jogo, Juventus have watched the Portuguese midfielder, with the intention to act should they lose either Arturo Vidal or ex-United midfielder, Paul Pogba.
Both of the Juventus midfielders are on United's radar. It seems that Carvalho's future would be inextricably linked to that of Vidal and Pogba.
Carvalho himself has recently stated that he could see himself playing for Manchester United or Real Madrid in the future. With Carlo Ancelotti recently discussing the options he has in the midfield area, pointing out that Madrid will not be in market for any new additions in that part of his squad, this could give United the upper had in the race.
United's bargaining position could be weakened, as they look as though they'll miss out on the Champion's League. If any of the other Premier League giants decide to move for one of Europe's hottest prospects, it could lead to a summer onslaught, with Sporting holding out for as big a fee as possible.
So, there are any number of possibilities for William Carvalho this summer, but it is safe to say he won't be a Sporting Lisbon player come the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
His club will be holding out for a fee as close to his release clause as possible and will hope an auction transpires, but it's also important to note that Sporting are in need of the money and a fee of around £29million could be enough to prize their star asset away from the Estádio José Alvalade.
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