Liverpool are weighing up a move for Portuguese international William Carvalho as a replacement for departing captain Steven Gerrard. They face stiff competition from rivals Manchester United and Arsenal as the race to sign the talented 22-year-old heats up.
After Liverpool’s interest in Roma’s Miralem Pjanic suffered a setback they have turned their attention to defensive midfielder Carvalho as a replacement for Steven Gerrard, who is due to leave Liverpool in the summer for the US. Brendan Rodgers will be looking for a swift replacement and he has his heart set on the talented midfielder.
The Sporting Lisbon man has played over 50 times for the Primeira Liga side and been capped 11 times by Portugal, with two of them appearances coming at the recent World Cup in Brazil. This shows that he would be ready to make the step up from the Portuguese league in to the Premier League, as he’s not afraid of the big stage.
Carvalho is still only 22 as has over 10 years left in him so it would be a worthy investment for Rodgers, he would work well alongside Jordan Henderson as the Portuguese player will command the midfield giving the option of defence or attack which will allow Henderson more freedom to attack.
The 22-year-old has a release clause worth around £32million but Sporting will be willing to settle for £25million. In their attempt to sign Pjanic, Roma’s director of football Walter Sabatini put a £37million price tag on the Bosnian, insisting he weren’t for sale.
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Liverpool recently had Carvalho watched in Sporting Lisbon’s 3-0 defeat to rivals Porto on Sunday.