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Man United face defeat in William Carvalho pursuit

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Manchester United transfer target William Carvalho will almost certainly stay at Sporting Lisbon this summer, according to the club's president Bruno de Carvalho.

William Carvalho, 21, has been one of the best players in the Portuguese top flight this season with United scouts regular attendees at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

The two clubs have reportedly haggled over his £37m release clause, with Sporting ready to turn down anything less than the full amount.

And it seems the Sporting president is increasingly confident that Carvalho will snub the chance to leave in favour of staying put for at least another season.

"I am almost certain that William Carvalho will continue at Sporting," de Carvalho told A Bola. "You never know, any [club] that is interested in signing him could meet the termination clause, but William is very happy and so are we.

"Lets have a year of Champions League, a year that will be important for everyone."

The Portugal international is set to play an important role for his country this summer at the World Cup after a stellar league campaign.

He won the Liga Sagres Player of the Month award for the fourth time in March, and has been one of Sporting's most consistent players as they've chased Benfica for the title.

United have been heavily linked with the midfielder, with the position thought to be an area in urgent need of improvement this summer for the Red Devils.

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