Manchester United once again sent scouts this week to watch Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho in action as they took on FC Porto in the Portuguese League Cup, just a few days before the opening of the January transfer window.
The 21-year-old has been watched by United on more than five separate occasions in a brilliant breakthrough season for the midfielder that has caught the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including United.
Carvalho was rewarded for his great club form with a place in the Portugal squad for their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and is considered a shoe-in for their 2014 World Cup squad, based on his form with Sporting Lisbon this year.
From United’s perspective, Carvalho’s cultured yet powerful box-to-box style of play could be such a strong addition to our midfield as we don’t have anybody who does that right now. It was hoped Marouane Fellaini could fit that role but he is yet to blossom and the likes of Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Darren Fletcher haven’t been able to fulfil that role.
His release clause is a whopping €45 million which is a lot of money for a midfielder who has yet to prove himself at the highest level but there is every chance that a bid lower than that would be accepted. The fact that United dealt with Sporting previously when we bought Nani could play into our hands.
United’s interest in Carvalho must be genuine given the amount of times we have scouted him and if market value is something Moyes is worried about, it may be in our best interest to make a move this winter.
The World Cup is renowned for inflating prices and Carvalho looks set to be a key member of Portugal’s squad, so his price could be dramatically higher if we wait until after the competition to try and sign him. We bought Javier Hernandez just before the 2010 World Cup and could make a similar move for Carvalho.
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