Arsene Wenger is once more considering a move for WIlliam Carvalho in the January transfer window in order to solve his midfield woes, according to the Telegraph.
The Gunners are currently without both Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta because of injury, while Santi Cazorla will be out until the new year with a knee injury, and Jack Wilshere is a long-term absentee.
That has left Wenger with only Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mathieu Flamini as his central midfield options, with centre-back Callum Chambers as back-up.
Now it seems as though the Arsenal boss is willing to finally spend some money in the winter window in order to bring in reinforcements. The Telegraph say that Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho is once more a target - however it could prove too difficult to lure the Portuguese international to north London midway through the season.
With that in mind the paper claim that a loan move could be on the cards - a move Wenger tried to pull with disastrous consequences in 2014 when he swooped for an injured Kim Kallstrom from Spartak Moscow.
Carvalho's buy-out clause, which is around £35 million, may prove prohibitive for Arsenal, but with Wilshere out until January and Ramsey only recently making his own comeback from an injury lay-off, Wenger may be forced to act.
The Telegraph say that Sporting may be willing to do a deal at £25 million, and the move may be helped by the fact that Carvalho has previously admitted to favouring a move to Arsenal.
“I am where I want to be right now, which is Sporting but if I ever leave then it’s a sign that my work here is done,” he said earlier this year. “I dream of winning the Primeira Liga here. I prefer not to say too much but there is a club with which I’ve always been fond of: Arsenal.”
In other injury news, Alexis Sanchez is likely to be out for around four weeks after injuring his hamstring against Norwich, while Theo Walcott, Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs are back training and in contention to play against Sunderland on Saturday.