Arsenal are leading Manchester United in the race for William Carvalho, though no official bids have been made by either club, according to reports.
Information in the Daily Express alludes to the fact that neither Premier League giants have made any real headway with regards to luring the Portugal ace to England, though it is Arsene Wenger who has the upper hand.
Arsenal were announced as late rivals to United for the youngster’s signature earlier this week, and his formidable presence in midfield would likely go someway to alleviating woes about their lack of physicality.
At the other end of the scale the interest in Carvalho from Old Trafford has been long-winded, with numerous reports claiming for some time that the midfielder, dubbed by some as the ‘New Vieira’, would come into the fold to strengthen the club’s ambitions.
Regardless of the intent however, Sporting Lisbon’s chairman, Bruno de Carvalho, has confirmed no offers have been received by his club.
“There were proposals for Rojo and Slimani, but the values are below what Sporting legitimately want for the players,” he said.
“For William, there are no proposals.”
Though not overly surprising in itself given the fact that both Arsenal and United have already purchased new midfielders this summer, there could be some concern that a lack of activity might see Carvalho end up elsewhere. Plenty of clubs have already registered their interest in the 22-year-old, including mega-rich French giants Monaco, and a lucrative offer would certainly be enough to convince the player to jump ship.
The report in question clearly marks Arsenal as being the favourites to land Carvalho, which runs in tandem with the fact that Wenger is known to be considering his defensive midfield options. Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers are two in-house candidates for the role, but the Gunners boss has been forced to publicly deny interest in Sami Khedira in recent days, after a mass build up of rumours suggesting he would.
With that revelation in mind it’s important to remember that Carvalho is at the other end of the spectrum to Khedira, and has the advantage of being a good deal younger which Wenger will surely take into account.
The Sporting starlet is valued at £24 million by his club, but that figure does represent what is likely to be a safe investment for the future, with many tipping him to be a top talent in years to come.