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William Carvalho eyed by Real Madrid as Khedira replacement

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Real Madrid see William Carvalho as the man to replace Sami Khedira should he leave the club this summer.

The Daily Star suggest Khedira is wanted by both Arsenal and Chelsea and that Sporting Lisbon's Carvalho is the man Madrid will look to in his absence. Carlo Ancelotti's side would likely face competition for the Portugal international however, with Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool, as well as French side Monaco, having been linked with a move.

The 22-year-old had an impressive season in the Primeira Liga and Madrid see him as the ideal replacement should Khedira move to England. The German international's former Real boss Jose Mourinho reportedly wants to be reunited with the midfield man at Chelsea, though he could also be made to fight for his man.

Premier League rivals Arsenal are also credited with an interest by The Daily Star, who claim Arsene Wenger is looking to install some strength into his midfield.

Should Real pursue their interest in Carvalho he'll likely set them back £25million, though money is rarely an object for Los Blancos. Last summer they broke the transfer record to sign Welsh wizard Gareth Bale while also bringing in Isco and Asier Illarramendi in big money deals.

Although they could only manage a third-placed La Liga finish in Ancelotti's debut season, the spending ultimately proved successful as they claim an historic tenth Champions League title, known by the locals as 'La Decima'. For Sporting, losing Carvalho would be a bitter blow as they prepare for a return to the Champions League after four seasons away from Europe's elite.

The club earned their place in the competition by finishing second in the Primeira Liga, largely thanks to the form of their sought-after midfielder.

In 29 league appearances Carvalho found the net four times as he developed a reputation as a powerful all-action midfielder, and one of the brightest talents in European football.

That form also earned him an international debut in November last year, and despite having just four caps to his name prior to the tournament, he was included in Paulo Bento's final 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Portugal's opening fixture would end in disaster as they were beaten 4-0 by Germany, for whom Khedira played the entire game.

Unlike Khedira, Carvalho was left on the bench for the duration of the game, though should he impress in Portugal's remaining fixtures you can be certain his price tag will rise.

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