Manchester United and Liverpool are on collision course for a summer transfer battle as both are very keen on signing promising young midfielder William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon to solve similar problems.
Both Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers believe they need to recruit in the defensive midfielder department after struggles to protect their respective defences this season and both feel Carvalho is the right man for it, according to the Daily Mail.
The report claims the Old Trafford and Anfield clubs are prepared to face off once the season is over for a player who has a £35million buyout clause, but said tussle could end up seeing the pair lose out on an expected saving of £10million.
This is because it also claims that a change in third-party ownership rules about to be implemented by FIFA would have seen the price drop by £10million below the buyout clause. However, Manchester United and Liverpool fighting over a player almost certainly means the price goes up.
Steven Gerrard is leaving the Reds this summer for LA Galaxy and the Mail claim that Rodgers sees Carvalho as the ideal replacement. This can only be because the Liverpool boss will change the way the team plays, because the Portugal international is no Gerrard.
After a difficult start to this season with Sporting, Carvalho’s form has picked up and he is showing once again that he could be a terrific signing for a Premier League side. While his positioning is still developing, the 22-year-old is strong, athletic and technically gifted - perfect to patrol in front of the back four.
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