The search for a holding midfielder in the waters of Arsenal, have seen several players linked, but as of yet nothing has come of those links. One of those players that transfer speculation has surrounded is Sporting Lisbon holding midfielder William Carvalho, the 22 year old Angolan born player was the subject of a £24 million bid a couple of weeks ago as reported by Portuguese daily O Jogo.
There are now emerging reports that the Lisbon club are willing to sell their key player if the release clause of £35 million in his contract is met. Reports in Portugal claims the board of the club has come to a conclusion to sell the 22 year old as his stock is still high.
The club’s sporting director Augusto Ignacio spoke about the club’s willingness to cash in on their prized asset in an interview. He said
“It’s not like the old days when players left Sporting at any price.
“We are not concerned with William Carvalho because we have alternatives who will want to play as well.”
Last season was William Carvalho’s breakthrough season for the Lisbon club having spent the previous season on loan in Belgium. He was instrumental to the club finishing in second place last season, a jump of 5 positions from 7th position the season before. He featured 29 times in the Portugal’s Liga Sagres. With his physical attributes, he would fit the bill in the Premier League for Arsenal.
With Manchester United the other club said to be interested in William Carvalho, it remains to be seen what would come out of the new development.
The likes of Sami Khedira, Lars Bender and Morgan Schneiderlin have been linked to the club all summer in the position of holding midfield. Of these players linked, only Sami Khedira has seen a strong transfer activity that could have seen a move concretize between Real Madrid and Arsenal. But, His wage demands damage the possibility of any deal happening, after he was demanding in excess of £150,000 a week. A figure that report says has been reduced.
What Sporting Lisbon stands means to Arsenal?
Clubs in the Iberia peninsula always have clauses inserted into their contract as a rule. The fee of £35 million for 22 year old William Carvalho represent a huge outlay for Arsenal especially the monies that have been spent in bringing in four players this summer. The club’s much touted financial power have been flexed already this summer, and with the importance of the holding midfielder to the team, and how it has held Arsenal back in previous seasons, time would tell if Arsene Wenger will be willing to play up for the buy out clause of William Carvalho.