Sporting Lisbon’s President Bruno de Carvalho has admitted that while the club are in a strong position to not sell players on the cheap, they are willing to listen to ‘very good proposals’.
This puts Manchester United in a strong position to negotiate for 21-year-old midfielder William Carvalho who has been watched by United scouts on more than one occasion this season.
Carvalho, who has a €45 million release clause, only broke into Sporting’s first team this year but has had a profound impact domestically and was rewarded with his debut for Portugal in their World Cup play-off clash against Sweden for the last 20 minutes.
Speaing to Renascneca, Carvalho insisted that Sporting were happy with the squad but left the door firmly open for an offer to come in.
“We are pleased and well-balanced. Sporting no longer need to do what we do not want, but we are a developing club,” he said.
“If there is a very good proposal for Sporting that does not undermine our performance, [the player] can leave.”
Over the weekend, strong rumours emerged from Portugal that Sporting were looking to secure full ownership of Carvalho to make any potential move easier and Bruno de Carvalho’s comments certainly indicate that Sporting are happy to let him leave if the right offer comes in.
It is unlikely that a fee of €45 million would be needed to lure Carvalho from Sporting and the fact that their president has indicated they are willing to listen to offers puts United and other clubs in a stronger position when negotiating.