Manchester United have held discussions about signing William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon but are unwilling to pay his £37 million release clause, according to The Telegraph.
Given that he is just a 21-year-old in his first breakthrough senior as a professional, Carvalho’s release clause of £37 million is certainly inflated but Sporting Lisbon, traditionally a selling club, placed it in contract just in case he rose to fame which is precisely what he has done.
However, United do not want to pay such a substantial fee for Carvalho according to the Telegraph’s report which said the following: “The club [Manchester United] have also held discussions about signing Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho – although they will not pay anywhere near the £37 million buy-out clause in the 21-year-old midfielder’s contract – and Ilkay Gündogan who has been unsettled at Borussia Dortmund.”
This current situation screams of a parallel to Manchester United’s attempts to sign Ander Herrera in the summer as we refused to pay his full release clause and ultimately, were left empty handed in Spain. We were dragged into a farce that included supposedly fake representatives but Herrera remained in the Basque country.
Would Sporting be strong enough to turn down a bid in the region of £25 million for Carvalho? It remains to be seen.
However, if United were happy to pay £27.5 million for Marouane Fellaini last summer, then stretching to £37 million for one of Europe’s most promising central midfielders doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch.