It is advantage Arsenal in its pursuit of William Carvalho as negotiations continues between Arsenal and Sporting Lisbon. There are now confirmed reports that the Angolan born Portuguese international is an Arsenal fan. He idolized both Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira as a child and a young player.
According to Victor Alvarenga in an article in the Guardian, profiling the player prior to the World Cup in Brazil, he stated thus;
“. . .Back then, Carvalho played as a No10 and loved Thierry Henry, becoming an Arsenal fan. Over the years, he started going back in midfield and you can see him as a mix between Yaya Toure and the classical Patrick Vieira.”
This will come as good news in many ways in his consideration to join Arsenal. As he would have the opportunity of playing for a club he supported as a boy, and the chance to meet one of the club’s legends which he idolized when he was boy. This could be an advantage in Arsenal’s pursuit of the defensive midfielder.
So far they have not been any new development emanating from Portugal other than both Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal is still trying to reach an agreement.
The key to Arsenal doing a deal for the Portuguese international lies in several intervening factors, so far, Arsenal are the only club that have indicated interest in the player, as other big clubs look elsewhere for reinforcement, except Manchester United who still harbour an interest in the player, so far Arsenal have matched their interest with a bid which have not met the expectations of the Lisbon club something that has resulted in negotiations between the clubs.
It is believed that the club knows that they won’t get the full complement of his £34 million release clause, but are pushing for something close to that figure in their negotiations with Arsenal.
With William Carvalho keen to make the move happen having turned down an improvement in his contract, there is confidence within those at Highbury House that they can trash out a deal for the 6ft 1in defensive midfielder before the end of the transfer window.
Few players turn down the opportunity of playing for a club they supported as a boy, he turned down Benfica as a 11 year old to sign for his boyhood club Sporting Lisbon, here is hoping he does the same with any other interest that might come in from other clubs, by turning them down, to sign for Arsenal, and get thereby come close to meet his hero Thierry Henry.