Manchester United open talks to sign William Carvalho

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Manchester United hope to bring highly-rated defensive midfielder William Carvalho to Old Trafford this summer after opening talks with Sporting Lisbon over a £30m transfer.

United boss David Moyes has made Carvalho his number one transfer target, The Sun reports, and hopes to secure a deal for the 21-year-old before the end of the season. The Red Devils boss has been handed a £100m transfer kitty by the Glazer family to bring in three or four top-class signings this summer - and Carvalho is currently top of Moyes’ list.

Carvalho, a 6ft 2in powerhouse of a player who has also been linked with Manchester City and Chelsea, would significantly strengthen Manchester United’s midfield options. However, while Anderson is set to leave Old Trafford this summer, Moyes is expected to retain the services of under-fire central midfielder Tom Cleverley, who is set to be handed a new five-year deal worth £15m in the coming weeks.

Moyes has the full backing of the Old Trafford hierarchy and will remain in charge of the reigning Premier League champions regardless of where the team finishes in the table at the end of the season. It’s hoped that the signing of Portugal international Carvalho, who has been capped twice by his national team, will ensure that the Red Devils become a more competitive outfit in both the Premier League and Champions League after a dreadful first campaign since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Manchester United face a crunch match against rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford this Sunday, before hosting Olympiakos in the Champions League last 16 second leg.

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