Arsenal have agreed a fee worth around £24 million with Sporting Lisbon for their defensive midfielder, William Carvalho according to reports. The Gunners have apparently decided against triggering Carvalho's release clause but could still get the deal done.
This big-money bid should knock off the interest from other Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Manchester United had been tracking Portuguese midfielder William Carvaho for a long time but never made a concrete offer. Now the Red Devils have been focusing on signing Chile star Arturo Vidal from Juventus, Arsenal are likely to capture United’s transfer target.
The Gunners are keen to lure a top quality holding midfielder and have been linked with the likes of Sami Khedira and Morgan Schneiderlin as well.
A tough tackling defensive midfielder with excellent tackling and passing skills, Carvalho is rated as one of the best players in Portugal.
According to reports, Arsenal can complete the signing of Carvalho by the end of next week and it will be a major coup for the North Londoners who have already signed few top quality players.
If Carvalho joins the Gunners, then he will be their fifth signing of this summer already after Alexis Sánchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers.
If Arsenal do sign Carvalho, who will then be on their way out of the North London club to avoid financial fair play breaching? Arteta? Podolski? Someone will be going because Arsenal will most certainly not let themselves be fined £50 million like Man City and PSG.