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Manchester United scout Porto’s William Carvalho for the 12th time

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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.

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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.

Read more – Five Manchester United Players Set For A Summer 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.

Read more – Arsenal scout impressed with Manchester United target William Carvalho

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.

What do you think? Will United follow up their interest with a bid in the summer? Let me know in the comments below…

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