Liverpool are interested in Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea target William Carvalho after manager Brendan Rodgers has been taking a special interest in the combative midfielder.
According to A Bola, Rodgers may be considering a move for the 22-year-old after being impressed with his performances for Sporting Lisbon over the last few seasons, though any move by them could spark action from Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal, all of whom have been credited with an interest in him.
Reports of those links this week have suggested that Sporting could be ready to do a deal for Carvalho and could even be prepared to accept a deal in the region of £28million for him, which would be a significant reduction from his reported buyout clause of £37million.
Carvalho has long been linked with a move away from Portugal, but no club has been willing to meet his buyout clause thus far. Reducing the price could be an indication from Sporting that they are failing to drum up any concrete interest in him, though the A Bola report claims there is plenty alongside that of Rodgers'.
Gerrard's future has been the subject of some speculation in the past week
Rodgers angered some Liverpool fans this week when he rotated his squad for his team's Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday, leaving out the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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Gerrard's future has been the subject of some speculation in the past week, with reports suggesting he may not be handed a contract extension to stay at Anfield after his current deal expires in the summer of 2016.
Liverpool's revered skipper has not been playing at the level he was in the Red run to second in the Premier League last season and the interest in Carvalho could be an indicator that Rodgers is planning for life without him.
Meanwhile, Arsenal suffered a humiliating collapse at home to Anderlecht in their own Champions League clash at Emirates Stadium, throwing away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 all with the Belgian champions.
Arsenal were so open on the counter-attack, Anderlecht could have had more goals
Manager Arsene Wenger has continually been criticised for not purchasing a strong defensive midfielder to steady the ship when things are rocking and Tuesday night provided the perfect example of it.
Arsenal were so open on the counter-attack that Anderlecht could have had more goals in the game and were good value for the point that snatched at the death.
Manchester United have suffered their own midfield problems since last season and Van Gaal's recruitment of Daley Blind to play the screening role in front of the defence has not yet provided the solidity need.
Chelsea are fully stocked with solid central midfielders and the addition of Carvalho would likely be a sign that one of John Obi Mikel or Marco van Ginkel is to be offloaded.