Manchester United have been told they must up the ante if they want any chance of landing emerging Portuguese star William Carvalho, as they are currently €10million short.
According to Portuguese publication Record, the Old Trafford club have been in contact with Sporting Lisbon with regards to a possible summer move and have said they are ready to go as high as €35million to land him. This will not be enough, however, as Sporting chairman Bruno de Carvalho has insisted they will accept nothing under €45million.
Manchester United have been told €45million as that is the price at which Sporting will be forced to sell - it is Carvalho's release clause in his contract. That is a high price for a 22-year-old, but he has shown himself to be an exciting prospect this season in the Portuguese league and also broke into the senior national team.
A move for Carvalho would be part of a reported planned summer spending spree, which could see them spend as much as £200million as manager David Moyes looks to rebuild the squad in his image. It has been a miserable first season for the Scot since taking over from the retired Sir Alex Ferguson and a number of the squad that won the title last season have under performed.
Defensive midfield is an area that is continually being criticised by fans and commentators, with many claiming the Red Devils do not have enough presence in front of the back four. Carvalho would certainly remedy that in at least once case, as he is something of a man mountain.
However, he is a talented passer of the ball and has the ability to play a box to box type role if required, though he is most effective when screening the defence and instigating attacks from deep.