According to reports from Portuguese daily Ojogo, Arsenal have had a bid of €30 million (£24 million) turned down for Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho, the 22 year old Angolan-Portuguese can also feature as a central defender.
The bid if confirmed to be true bears the hallmark of Arsene Wenger’s signing as no media outlet had a hint that this was coming. It further gives credence to the fact that Arsene Wenger is serious about addressing the albatross issues of the position of defensive midfield.
The bid being rejected for the Sporting Lisbon youth product further means that the club still has it valuation of players beside that inserted in a player’s release clause. As the player has €45 million as the release clause in his contract. It means despite the club’s new found financial power, there is a still limit to which it is willing to go in respect of a transfer. Yet as this is just an opening bid, there is still room for manoeuvre before a compromise can be found.
With the expensive nature of the pursuit of William Carvalho, Arsenal could well look at other less expensive options that have been linked to the club previously. There is the 28 year old Inter Milan midfielder Fred Guarin who had a steady World Cup for Uruguay in Brazil. Further up the line is Luis Gustavo who Arsenal was interested in last summer, but the Brazilian opted to swoop Bayern Munich for Wolfsburg for fear that he wouldn’t be guaranteed first team football. But considering that William Carvalho is at age (22) where he could become something special as he develops further, Arsene Wenger might have had a reason for wanting him at he club.
On that line, it strange why Arsenal did not consider moving for Real Madrid defensive midfielder Carlos Casemiro, who at 22 is at the same age with William Carvalho. And incidentally stands at the same height with the Sporting midfield.(6ft 1in). Casemiro who joined Real Madrid last summer has been loaned to Porto for the coming season with an option to a permanent deal.
Although, in spite of the less expensive options that could be available to Arsene Wenger in the market, one thing is obvious, le prof seem unwilling to settle for less accomplished players, but rather he is opting for players of quality in a sensitive position in the team, and going by the calibre of players that has been linked to Arsenal in the position of defensive midfield, the picture is clear.