Arsenal will have to pay the full £24million fee up front if they want to land Manchester United target William Carvalho this summer.
Reports from Portugal on Sunday morning claimed the Gunners had a bid of that price knocked back, but now the Telegraph are reporting that the Emirates Stadium club have been told they must pay more up front.
The report claims Arsenal’s bid was rejected because it was submitted with the proposition that the money be paid paid in two installments. However, it was indicated that Sporting Lisbon may be ready to talk if the fee was made up front for a player who has previously been linked with Manchester United.
Reports that the Old Trafford club were very keen on the 22-year-old were most prolific while David Moyes was in charge, but his sacking and the subsequent appointment of Louis van Gaal has seen most attention turn towards the possibility of them landing Arturo Vidal.
Both Vidal and Carvalho are combative defensive midfielders, though have mobility and a good range of passing. This is an area both teams have to address this summer in the transfer window.
The Telegraph report also claims that Carvalho has a £35million release clause in his contract, but that Sporting may be willing to be bargained down if the price is right and the payment options are suitable.
Demanding Arsenal pay a large chunk of the deal up front is because, the report says, the Portuguese club only own 60 per cent of the player’s rights and want as much as they can get up front.
It claims that Arsenal have been long-term admirers of the Portugal international and making a move for him this summer could give a hint at the future of Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard is now 32 and has started to look vulnerable when exposed on the break in front of the back four.
He has become an important member of Wenger’s first team, but it would not be a huge surprise if the Gunners boss saw this as his final season at Emirates Stadium. Bringing Carvalho in now and giving him a season to settle in and get to know the club and Premier League better would be a shrewd move.