According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal could be set close to completing a £24million deal for highly-rated Sporting Lisbon central midfielder William Carvalho. The Mail claims that the deal is being widely reported in the Portuguese press.
The youngster has a release clause of £37million in his contract with the team from the Portuguese capital, but Portuguese paper Ojogo claim that Sporting are now willing to let one of their key assets leave for £24million.
Carvalho is one of the most highly-rated young players in the Portuguese top-flight and has previously been linked with a move to the Gunners Premier League rivals Manchester United, but it seems Arsenal may be at the head of the queue to sign Carvalho.
Signing Carvalho would be an alternative to signing Real Madrid and Germany star Sami Khedira. The Germany international has been consistently linked with a move to the Gunners this summer.
However, it was believed that the Gunners were put-off pursuing the deal by Khedira’s massive wage demands of £150,000 per week. Chelsea is also believed to be looking at signing Khedira this summer. Blues boss Jose Mourinho had previously managed the German at the Bernabeu and is a known admirer of the midfielder.
There has been speculation that the deal could resurrected with the Spanish giants looking to offload the former-Stuttgart star this summer, to avoid losing the midfielder for nothing next summer, as his contract expires.
Los Blancos have strengthened their midfield options with the signing of Khedira’s international teammate Toni Kroos, so it now seems that Khedira is surplus to requirements in the Spanish capital.
Carvalho would certainly demand a smaller wage package, even if he would cost a similar transfer fee. The Portuguese star is five years younger than the German, so may prove a better long-term purchase.
However, Khedira has the experience of playing at the top level, including helping Real Madrid win last season’s Champions League and this summer helping his national team win the World Cup in Brazil.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted at the weekend that the Gunners are hoping to make one more signing this summer, with two signings at the maximum. Hopefully that one signing will be a defensive midfielder, as that appears to still be the Gunners weak area of the team.
If the Gunners do not look at finding a solution to the defensive midfield problem of last season, then they are less likely to mount a serious title challenge next season.
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