According to the Daily Express, Arsenal have been handed a boost in their reportedly chase of Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho, after talks over a new contract with the Portuguese club broke down.
Carvalho has been mooted as a possible Arsenal signing for a long time, especially before the emergence of French midfielder Francis Coquelin. However a deal looked unlikely as Carvalho looked certain to sign a new long-term deal with sporting, in turn putting up his price in the transfer market.
However, it now seems the stalling of the contract talks could help the Gunners make a move for the highly-rated star. Carvalho has won 13 caps for Portugal, despite having been born in Angola. The 23-year-old was the star of the under-21 European Championships and his performances have had him linked with a number of big clubs.
Coquelin and Santi Cazorla have formed a very effective partnership in the centre of the Gunners midfielder, but there is still a feeling that Arsene Wenger’s side still needs another central midfielder.
Carvalho does look like a good prospect, but his current deal includes a £31million release clause, which would make an imminent move unlikely. Maybe the Portuguese midfielder is a target for the Gunners, but can anybody really see Arsene Wenger shelling out that sort of money on a defensive midfielder?
Would William Carvalho be a good signing for Arsenal?