Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho is convinced that William Carvalho will not leave the club this summer but knows he can’t stop a move if his €45m release clause is paid.
Manchester United’s pursuit of the 22-year-old midfielder has been well documented as we had scouts watching him almost every week in Portugal.
Bruno de Carvalho’s bullish talk suggests that Sporting may try and hold out for the full €45 million release clause in his contract.
“I’m almost sure William Carvalho will stay at Sporting for another year,” he said.
“You never know, we can’t do anything if someone pays his release clause.
“We’re not exclusively a selling club. If a club pays €45m then we don’t need to speak.
“I don’t think William [Carvalho] wants to leave. At the moment it’s more likely that he’ll sign a new deal.
“Personally, I say that the kid is content at Sporting.”
Sporting have qualified for the Champions League after a great season which may entice Carvalho to stay and his stock could rise even more if he has a good World Cup with Portugal.
For the first time in years, Sporting have run at a profit this season so while financial pressures may have been on them previously to sell their most valuable assets, that is not the case this year.
Last summer, Manchester United baulked at Ander Herrera‘s release clause and tried to get him for approximately €6 million less, which ultimately led to that move collapsing.
Would we risk doing the same thing again with Carvalho this summer? Potentially. There’s certainly a big risk attached to paying €45 million for a 22-year-old with one season of football in the Portuguese league under his belt so that has to be considered.
However, that being said, if Manchester United came in with an offer of €30 million, Sporting can’t really afford to turn that sort of money down.