Manchester United have scouted William Carvalho all season but according to Portuguese newspaper Record, Barcelona and Real Madrid have now shown an interest in signing him.
The 21-year-old defensive midfielder has been the breakthrough player of the season in Portugal and has helped Sporting Lisbon become the meanest defence in the league, having only conceded nine goals in 15 games.
He has been named Player of the Month on numerous occasions already this year and Carvalho picked up another award this week as his campaign continues to get better.
Any move for Carvalho would likely be in the summer given that Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho has ruled out a January move for Carvalho. It isn’t a surprise given that if Carvalho has as good a World Cup as he has had domestic season, his €45 million buyout clause might become his asking price.
That would be a ridiculous amount for a 21-year-old but the transfer of 19-year-old Marquinhos to Roma for over €30 million last year after his breakthrough season shows that there are clubs who are willing to pay those sorts of fees. Of course, that isn’t to say United would but the market trend has driven player prices skyward in recent years and that is only set to continue.
United’s interest in Carvalho must be genuine otherwise why would David Moyes have sent scouts to watch him at almost every game this season? However, now that Barcelona and Real Madrid have joined the party, it certainly complicates our situation because in recent years, plenty of targets have chosen a move to Spain than England and that could happen again with Carvalho.