Manchester United and Arsenal could still land Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho despite the player set to sign a new contract with Sporting Lisbon.
This has been reported by the Express, who have suggested that the tough-tackling midfielder's £37 million buy-out clause will remain, which could see one of the Premier League big-boys enter the market for him in the near future.
It appears, though, that the player's immediate future will be in Lisbon, with his club set to hand him a pay rise in a deal that could keep him in Portugal until 2018.
Sporting fans will be pleased that he's set to remain at the club as he's recognised as one of the best up-coming midfielders in the game. At just 22-years-old, Carvalho holds the midfield together at Sporting and is a huge presence in the side.
It's not surprising, then, that so many clubs have been linked with the player's services of late. As well as United and Arsenal, Chelsea were also linked with a summer move for the player who starred at this summer's World Cup for Portugal.
However, at £37m, he won't come cheap, and it remains to be seen as to whether any of England's elite clubs are prepared to pay such an astronomical fee.
Who needs him?
Manchester United have certainly been in need of a midfield 'hard-man' for some time. The Red Devils may have splashed the cash this past summer on the likes of Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Co. but they could still do with an enforcer-type player in the middle of the park.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are certainly in need of improvement in the defensive-midfield role. It was expected that the Gunners would land a powerful midfielder in the previous transfer window, but they could still add to their options in the winter market.
Chelsea, though, already have a number of top players in the midfield area, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and Co. plying their trade at Stamford Bridge. Carvalho, of course, could feature against the Blues tomorrow evening, as Sporting play host to Mourinho's side in the Champions League.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea fans: Do you think Carvalho is worth £37m? And do your clubs need him? Have your say in the comments section below!
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