Liverpool are the latest club to throw their hats into the ring for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho according to reports in Portugal.
The Portuguese international has been linked with a switch to the Premier League for some time now, and it seems as though the rumour mill is cranking into life once more ahead of the summer transfer window.
Portuguese paper Record say that Liverpool are pondering a number of alternatives with Steven Gerrard on his way out of Anfield in the summer, and Carvalho is now on the list.
Liverpool had scouts at Sporting's defeat against rivals Porto over the weekend, as did a host of top clubs from across Europe including Manchester United and Tottenham. The Reds have coped admirably with Gerrard's absence through injury in recent weeks, but may still opt to bring in another midfielder in the summer to bolster their options.
Both Manchester United and Arsenal have their own problems in midfield and could still move for the 22-year-old, who starred for his country at the World Cup in Brazil in the summer.
The Red Devils were heavily linked with Carvalho during David Moyes' time in charge at Old Trafford, although it remains unclear how high up Louis van Gaal's hitlist he is given the arrival of both Daley Blind and Ander Herrera in the last summer transfer window.
Arsenal meanwhile still have a spot in midfield to fill despite the fact that Francis Coquelin has returned from his loan spell with Charlton and slotted straight into the first team. Real Madrid's Sami Khedira was one of the names linked with a switch to the Gunners but Carvalho may be viewed as a cheaper alternative.
Speculation about Carvalho is getting pretty tiresome now. There was plenty of chat last summer, in particular about Arsenal and Manchester United but nothing came to fruition. Now Liverpool have supposedly entered the race and their interest may well be genuine - however the fact is that in Jordan Henderson they already have a ready-made replacement for the out-going Gerrard.
Either way, it feels as though if Carvalho doesn't make his move this summer, he never will.