English Premiership

Carvalho race heats up

2014-08-28 13:57
William Carvalho (Getty)
Cape Town - Manchester United are set to provide Arsenal with competition in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho.

The Independent report that Louis van Gaal wants to move for the 22-year-old midfielder.

Previous Manchester United manager David Moyes expressed an interest in the Sporting Lisbon player during his time at Old Trafford, as United seek to bolster their midfield options.

Arsenal have been linked with the player since failing in a bid to bring Sami Khedira to the Emirates.

Reports in England now suggest the Old Trafford side to be leading the race with speculation that Sporting Lisbon have already rejected two approaches from Manchester United.

Manchester United see Carvalho as a much younger and fitter option to Arturo Vidal and Nigel de Jong and are attempting to land the player before the close of the transfer window on September 1.

Carvalho would cost United or Arsenal £24.8 million and any potential deal would be complicated by the player's third-party ownership.  


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