A couple of weeks ago a report emerged from Portuguese daily O Jogo that Arsenal had bided £24 million for Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho. The report had claimed that the Lisbon club wanted a compromise on how the said amount would be paid, even though it was reported later on that the midfielder has a £34 million buyout clause in his contract which meant both clubs are £10 million apart in their valuation of the player.
However, things have been quiet for some time in the direction of the transfer which could point to the fact that nothing much was going on. But a report has emerged out of the quietness from Irish Examiner Sport Editor Tony Leen who is close to the club, claiming that the gap in the valuation of both clubs for the player is closing. What this portends is that a compromise could yet be reached for the transfer of the midfielder.
Although not much can be read into such reports, it however gives a glimmer of hope that Arsenal could still pull this transfer off before the end of the window. Arsene Wenger made a statement during his press conference on Friday. The comments were not just that he was still open to business in this window, but that he would be busy from August 15th to 30th which is the week that leads to the end of the window.
William Carvalho though is an interesting one. Of all the players that have been linked to the club that plays in the holding midfield, he is the youngest (22) and the least experience. Last season was his breakthrough season for Sporting Lisbon having previously been on loan in Belgium with Cercle Brugge. Last season he featured 29 times for the Lisbon club with four goals.
A powerhouse midfielder is very imposing as a result of his physical presence. He weighs 88 kilogram, making him a huge player.
With this new report, it gives a snippet of light to a development about the transfer, as the quietness pointed to the fact that nothing was happening. With Manchester United still interested in the midfielder, it would be wise for the club to move quickly on this one, but as Arsene Wenger has given dates when he expects to be busy again in the market, it means those affiliated to Arsenal would have to play a waiting game in respect of this particular one and perhaps any other that suddenly appears on the radar.