William Carvalho has given the clearest indication yet that he wants to move to the Premier League this January after the Sporting Lisbon midfielder admitted his dream is to play in England amid reported interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.
The Daily Mirror carries quotes from the 22-year-old taken from an interview with Portuguese newspaper Record, which suggest he is angling for a transfer in the mid-season window.
Carvalho is represented by infamous FIFA super agent Jorge Mendes, who has been ordered by the Portugal international to facilitate his exit from Estadio Jose Alvalade in favour of a big-money move to the Emirates or Old Trafford.
"My dream is to play in England," he confirmed. "I know some clubs are interested but my agent Jorge is looking after it and I am relaxed.
"Now my mission is to work in Sporting and they will be in charge of any transfer and my future. That is very important."
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Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger have both been mooted as admirers of the midfield enforcer, but will be required to pay upwards of £20 million if they are serious about securing his signature in early 2015.
The Gunners are in desperate need of a defensive-minded anchorman to sit in front of their back four, and the French tactician has been linked with a number of possible acquisitions in the New Year.
Carvalho is by no means the cheapest option for Wenger this month, but the fact he could walk straight into the Arsenal team will provide the north London club with reassurances they are not wasting their money as they attempt to improve their chances of qualifying for the Champions League again next season via a top four finish in the Premier League this term.
The Red Devils are also on the lookout for further reinforcements this month, despite splashing more than £150 million during the summer. Van Gaal wants to add more steel in the middle of the park, and Carvalho would certainly provide the sort of physical presence that's been lacking in 2014/15.
Marco Silva will be desperate to keep the player in Lisbon for the remainder of the campaign as he looks to close the gap on Benfica and Porto at the top of the Primeira Liga table in the hope of helping Sporting secure the title in May.
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