Sporting Lisbon have rejected a €33m bid for William Carvalho from AS Monaco, according to reports from Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias.
Carvalho has a €45m release clause and Sporting have reiterated on more than one occasion that they are not interested in selling.
Manchester United scouted the 22-year-old on more than a dozen occasions last season and were strongly considered to be front runners in the chase for his signature, with multiple reports from the British press suggesting a deal had already been put in place.
However, the Carvalho trail has gone cold from United’s perspective and it seems Monaco are now interested in signing him.
Yesterday, Sporting confirmed the signing of defensive midfielder Oriol Rosell which has been seen as a safeguard against a potential Carvalho departure but speaking to Renascenca in Portugal, Sporting president Bruno Carvalho insists Rosell’s addition is to improve the squad ahead of Sporting’s inclusion in the Champions League.
“We are not salesmen and do not believe that William will leave,” he said.
“Sporting did not have a midfielder who could replace William and we have to have a consistent squad with expectations now that we’re in European competitions.”
In previous years, Sporting have been salesmen and have had to sell their best players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Joao Moutinho in order to balance the books but now they have turned a profit, they are in a stronger position to negotiate with Carvalho, something which they clearly intend to do.