William Carvalho will become Manchester United's first major signing of the summer transfer window, reports the Sunday People.
David Moyes is preparing for an unprecedented summer of spending as he looks to re-establish Manchester United as a dominant force in the Premier League. The current Premier League champions have failed to defend their title in spectacular fashion as the club struggles to cope without the retired Sir Alex Ferguson.
With the World Cup set to take up a month of the summer transfer window, Moyes is keen to do his business early and has got proceedings off to a great start after agreeing to meet the £37m release clause of Carvalho.
The Sporting Lisbon starlet has been watched over a dozen times by Manchester United scouts this summer as well as attracting interest from Real Madrid, Chelsea and Arsenal. But Manchester United have always seemed the keenest to seal a deal and are set to make him the first major addition at Old Trafford this summer.
Carvalho's agent was in Manchester last week to have a tour round United's Carrington training ground and left with the understanding that the 21-year-old midfielder will move to Old Trafford before the World Cup finals begin in Brazil.
Attentions will now turn to other targets as Ed Woodward and Moyes look to make up for their failings in last the last summer transfer window. The pair failed in their bid to bring in high profile stars like Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas and Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera, but are refusing to fail again.
Moyes wants five major signings to arrive in the summer with bids for Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos and Southampton's Luke Shaw in the pipeline.
News of Carvalho's imminent arrival is another major boost for Manchester United, who have also tied down the long-term future of Wayne Rooney, qualified for the last eight of the Champions League and look to be getting back to their best in the Premier League.