Manchester United and Chelsea could potentially miss out on the signing of William Carvalho this summer, with reports suggesting that Inter Milan have joined the race to sign the Sporting Lisbon starlet.
This is according to reports from Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport cited by talkSPORT, which suggest that a bidding war could now begin with the Serie A outfit also keen to acquire his signature.
Manchester United - who are currently without a permanent manager following last week's dismissal of the disappointing David Moyes - have been linked heavily with Carvalho in recent weeks, with several reports even suggesting that they had provisionally agreed a deal with Sporting.
Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in Carvalho, with Mourinho's purchase of Benfica's Nemanja Matic - who initially left Stamford Bridge in 2011 - having proved a resounding success.
Inter have endured somewhat of a mediocre 2013/14 campaign to date, with Walter Mazzarri's men lying fifth in Serie A - a whopping 36 points adrift of leaders and reigning champions Juventus.
Just who is in best position to land Carvalho remains to be seen, but there is certainly no denying Manchester United's rather desperate need for an extra robust presence in the heart of the midfield at Old Trafford.
Chelsea do not appear quite as desperate for reinforcements in that particular area, although Jose Mourinho could feasibly be looking to plan for life without the experience of the ageing Frank Lampard, with the England stalwart's contract soon to expire.
With Carvalho - who has proved a revelation this season for Sporting and has even earned two senior caps for his native Portugal - valued at an eye-watering £37 million, he certainly will not come cheap.
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