Sporting Lisbon chairman Bruno de Carvalho has insisted that the club is yet to receive any offer for Arsenal FC target William Carvalho.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the Sporting Lisbon’s defensive midfielder William Carvalho with recent reports suggesting that the Gunners have submitted a £24m bid for him. But the Portuguese club have denied these reports insisting they are yet to receive any concrete offer for the 22-year-old.
William Carvalho was promoted to the first team squad in 2011, when he made his debut at the age of 18 in a match against Vitoria S.C. After having successful loan spells at Fatima and Cercle Brugge, Carvalho established himself in the starting line-up of the Portuguese club last season under former manager Leonardo Jardim.
Carvalho produced some wonderful performances in the midfield for Sporting as they finished runners-up in the league. Carvalho is strongly built and breaks up play wonderfully and has a good passing range to boost. His consistent performances earned him a place in the World Cup squad where he played his first game as a substitute against USA, when he replaced the injured Andre Almeida. He started the next game against Ghana and helped his side to a 2-1 win, which sadly wasn’t enough for them to progress through to the next round.
But Carvalho has been grabbing the headlines long before the World Cup with a host of European clubs monitoring his progress in Portugal. Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Inter Milan and Real Madrid have all been linked with a move for the 22-year-old defensive midfielder. But Sporting’s high valuation of the player warded off interest from most of these clubs.
Arsenal joined the race to sign Carvalho this summer and were believed to be the favourites to land him. Arsene Wenger is keen to a another defensive midfield to the squad and after initial interest in Sami Khedira, the Gunners turned their attention towards the Portuguese international, as he is a much younger and cheaper option (there are also concerns about Khedira’s fitness).
Reports in Portugal last week suggested that Sporting are now willing to listen to offers below the £35 million buy-out clause present in Carvalho’s contract. The Portuguese club are currently facing financial problems and are looking to sell Carvalho in order to balance their books. This was followed by reports of a £24 million by Arsenal to sign the midfielder.
But Sporting have refuted the above claims, insisting that the club is yet to receive any offer for Carvalho.
“There were proposals for Rojo and Slimani, but the values are below what Sporting legitimately want for the players. For William, there are no proposals.” – Sporting Lisbon chairman Bruno de Carvalho told the media.