Manchester United reportedly have a deal in place for the signature of William Carvalho with his club Sporting Club De Portugal.

Manchester based newspaper The Sunday People has run a front page report claiming that Sporting Lisbon’s defensive midfielder will become an Old Trafford player before the World Cup finals in Brazil, where he will represent Portugal.

Having publicly missed out on main targets Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera last summer, Moyes and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward are keen not to make the same mistakes again this year.

After two great results against Olympiakos and West Ham, United have reportedly agreed a deal to sign the coveted William Carvalho this summer. The Sporting Lisbon defensive ­midfielder’s agent was given a tour of the club’s Carrington training ground last week and Portuguese international Carvalho will sign for United for £37million before the World Cup finals in Brazil.

The Angola-born star has attracted interest from all over Europe, including Chelsea, but the People says United have already shown the 21-year-old’s agent around their Carrington training ground and will trigger his £37million release clause.

Whilst we wait for confirmation of the deal to be ratified from sources more credible that the People, it’s worth paying note to Carvalho’s current ownership structure in Lisbon.

The youngster has complicated ownership structure as Sporting only own 60% of Carvalho, while another company, BES, own 40%. Moreover, Carvalho is under contract at Sporting until 2018, and has a massive €45m buyout clause.

William Carvalho is a product of Sporting’s famed academy, and was brought back into the fold by the Lisbon club this season after an 18-month loan at Belgium’s Cercle Brugge. New coach Leonardo Jardim oversaw an overhaul of the squad after what was literally the club’s worst season in over 100 years of history. It was a surprise when William was selected as a first-team starter as 2013/14 kicked off but a handful of matches later and nobody was questioning the wisdom of the decision. Carvalho’s highly tuned sense of anticipation, perfect positioning and swift execution enables him to completely boss games.

William Carvalho made his full Portugal debut with the Seleção wobbling against Sweden in the World Cup play-off second leg having just conceded two Ibrahimovic goals. Portugal coach Paulo Bento turned to William, who straight away brought a sense of calm to proceedings.

However, William Carvalho is not the perfect player. His distribution is occasionally wayward and largely unambitious, preferring the sideways pass to a more vertical approach. He is also to pick up yellow cards on a frequent basis.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been working hard to put deals in place and Sporting’s highly-rated youngster Carvalho looks like being the first of at least five major signings.

Next on the list for manager David Moyes, the report says, will be Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos followed by Southampton left-back Luke Shaw and Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao.