The news of Arsenal’s interest in Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho has excited several Arsenal fans because of the qualities of the player. But few fans know about what to expect of the player if he eventually signs for Arsenal as he is still relatively new in the scene having spent just one season playing competitively for Sporting Lisbon. With his commanding performance from the base of midfield last season, he earned a place in Paulo Bento’s World Cup squad in Brazil at the last moment having played an influential role in Portugal’s World Cup playoff match against Sweden in Stockholm, after he came on as a substitute in that match.
The of qualities of William Carvalho have been emphasised by World Soccer editor Gavin Hamilton in an interview with Kick off Magazine, he asserted that Arsenal would be getting in a player that has the potentials to become one of the best in the World in his position, he also stated that it would be a fitting end to Arsenal’s transfer business for the summer with the quality of players they have signed already.
“If the move happens, Arsenal will be getting a terrific player in William Carvalho,”
“He’s not been on the scene for very long, this time last year he was just on the fringes of Sporting’s first-team, but he came in last season and by the autumn he was in Portugal’s national side.
“He was in the squad for the World Cup and while he didn’t start the first two games, many were saying they would have fared better in Brazil if he had.
“He’s very highly-rated, very versatile and very mobile. Manchester City were linked with him a lot last season, but if Arsenal pay the money they’ll get a very good player.
“It’ll be a very interesting transfer for the Gunners, they’ve already splashed the cash on Alexis Sanchez and done some good business in bringing in Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy in defence so a top class midfielder would complete the set.”
With such ringing endorsement from a key journalist in the game, it could be that Arsenal is indeed close to the signing of the Portugal international.
The signing of the Sporting Lisbon midfielder could be a turning point in Arsenal’s bid to recapture its glory days especially with it new found financial power. Arsenal can take a clue from Bayern Munich who brought in Javier Martinez from Altetico Bilbao in 2012 for a Bundesliga record of 40 million euros. The Basque player ended up playing a key role in the Bavarian giants winning a treble that season including a Champions league triumph at Wembley.
It is hoped that Arsenal and Sporting Lisbon can come to an agreement for the transfer of William Carvalho to the Emirates.