Arsenal are still in with a chance of landing Manchester United target William Carvalho on transfer deadline day according to reports.
The Gunners faithful look for a frustrating end to the transfer window, with no new arrivals on the horizon. However that could be all about to change, with their move for Carvalho still alive.
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been looking for options at the heart of his midfield and Carvalho has been one of the options suggested alongside the likes of Sami Khedira and Lars Bender.
They pulled the plug on their move for Khedira because of the German international's wage demands, while a swoop for Bender has failed to get off the ground. Now Carvalho, who has also been linked with Manchester United, seems to be the main option for Arsenal.
The Portuguese ace, who impressed at the World Cup, has also attracted interest from Chelsea and has a £37 million release clause. Arsenal are unlikely to activate that and could seek to land him for a figure much closer to £20 million.
Reports over the weekend claimed that the Gunners had lodged an offer worth £21.5 million that was being considers - however since then it's all gone quiet and Arsenal fans are fearing that thier club won't sign a player before the window closes.
However they have been offered hope by Guardian deputy news editor Ed Aarons, who insists there is still a chance that the deal could happen.
He tweeted: "Also told that Arsenal bid for William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon is not dead... #afc"
Now the Gunners face a race against time to get the deal over the line, and add strength to a key area of their team. Their vulnerability in the middle of the park was exposed in their 1-1 draw against newly promoted Leicester, which left them with just one win in their first three Premier League games.
Manchester United appeared to have cooled their interest in the midfielder, while seemingly targeting a move for Arturo Vidal. That appears unlikely and Nigel de Jong was reportedly keen on linking up with new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford but that seems to be a non-starter.