According to Portuguese newspaper ‘A Bola’, Manchester United have now scouted Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho a whopping 12 times, with David Moyes expected to follow up his obvious interest with a bid this summer.
The struggling champions are said to be ready to embark on a extensive squad reshuffle in the summer, with a number of stars set to head for the exit.
United have been interested in Carvalho for some time, with the full extent of that interest revealed today. With 12 views under their belt, a bid of some sort is surely imminent, with the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal also showing a liking to the all-action midfielder.
The 21-year-old has superb defensive qualities and reads the game with a maturity beyond his years. His tactical awareness and physical strength make him a potential star of the future.
He will not come cheap though, as the Portuguese has a reportedly buyout clause of €45m, and a contract not due to expire until 2018.
Perhaps the sheer number of times he has been watched by United indicates a certain hesitation at entering negotiations with Sporting, with the €45m clause hanging ominously over proceedings.
But with Moyes pretty sure to spark a mass exodus in May, William Carvahlo may just be the centre-piece on which to construct a whole new, title-winning midfield.
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