Manchester United's chase for the a star of European football could about to be ruined by Chelsea's refusal to let one of their midfielders move to La Liga.
According to the Daily Express, Real Madrid's failed pursuit of a number of targets, foremost being Stamford Bridge star Ramires, as a replacement for Sami Khedira has led to them to look towards a player being closely monitored by Old Trafford scouts.
William Carvalho has been absolutely sensation this season for Sporting Lisbon, winning numerous player of the month awards and being considered the revelation of the season in Portugal, winning himself a place in Paulo Bento's World Cup squad. Such form makes it no surprise that the likes of Manchester United are looking to sign him this summer, but there will be forced to pay a significant amount of money to do so.
The 22-year-old has a release clause in his contract worth £37million and Sporting are reportedly ready to hold firm on that price if the Old Trafford moneymen come calling.
Louis van Gaal has been tasked to rebuild the squad in the aftermath of a miserable season under David Moyes, that saw the defending Premier League champions only able to finish seventh, costing moyes his job.
Van Gaal is expected to overhaul a number of positions and one of those is the defensive midfield position, where many feel the Red Devils have been lacking dynamism and physicality and need an upgrade.
Carvalho provides all of those, which the Express claim is the reason Carlo Ancelotti wants to take him to the Santiago Bernabeu, and has the attributes to make a success of himself in England, although there is inherent risk in paying big money for a young player coming from a European league.
Manchester United and Real Madrid fans have not had the chance to see Carvalho in action in Brazil yet, as he stayed on the bench for Portugal's embarrassing 4-0 demolition at the hands of Germany, due to various injuries and Pepe's ridiculous red card.