Sporting Lisbon have insisted that in-demand midfielder William Carvalho will be going nowhere in the January transfer unless one of his suitors such as Manchester United or Chelsea cough up £35 million according to the Express.
The Portuguese international has been attracting interest from the Premier League for some time now, but his future remains as unclear as ever.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are all said to be in the race for the the talented youngsters signature along with Liverpool, but it seems his price tag remains an issue. All four were chasing him in the summer but failed to get a deal done, and it seems a January move could be as equally unrealistic.
Carvalho has a £35 million release clause written into his contract, and unless the likes of Chelsea or Manchester United stump up that figure then he'll remain in Lisbon until the end of the season at the earliest.
The Express report that Sporting will not consider a deal of any sorts, so it is up to his suitors to force the issue. That of course could work to Manchester United's favour if they choose to pursue a swap deal for Carvalho and attempt to use Nani in the deal.
The Manchester United winger is currently on loan back at his former club for the season having returned as part of the deal to take Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford, and it's been suggested that he could stay put permanently.
Of course Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool will have something to say about that and could make it difficult for the Red Devils. It would appear as though the Gunners have the most pressing need for a player like Carvalho having been short of a tough-tackling enforcer since Alex Song left for Barcelona.
Chelsea appear to be well balanced in midfield but the with John Obi-Mikel tipped to leave and doubts about Ramires there could be a spot opening up. Liverpool meanwhile are in all sorts of trouble and with doubts about Steven Gerrard they could move for the Portuguese ace as a replacement.
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