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Despite having indicated interest in Sporting’s William Carvalho for years, Arsenal reportedly wont rival West Ham’s alleged £37.5m bid for the midfielder.
Arsenal have been linked with Carvalho for a number of years now. However, according to journalist Charles Watts, the Gunners won’t go into completion with West Ham’s alleged club record £37.5m bid for the defensive midfielder.
“Arsenal have been looking at Carvalho for a long time, so have other top clubs,” said Watts for Football London.
“But there has always been something that has stopped anyone making a move for him.
“His playing style is not that easy on the eye, so perhaps Wenger doesn’t feel he would fit in at Arsenal.
“But the fact he may well end up at West Ham tells its own story really.
“Despite plenty of big clubs looking at him, no-one made a move.”
As Watts says, it is quite telling that the 25-year-old, after being linked with Arsenal for so long, will eventually end up moving to West Ham since no concrete offer has been made for him.
Carvalho has three years left on his deal at Sporting, where he’s risen through the ranks after signing for them in 2005 from Mira Sintra.
Last season, the Portugal international played 43 games across all competitions.
He’s a key first team player, and even scored twice and assisted four times last term.
At the moment, it doesn’t look as if Arsenal are going to buy any more players between now and the end of the transfer window on 31 August.
They’ve signed former Lyon striker, Alexandre Lacazette, for a club record fee of £52m, but other than that everything else has gone somber and there are more players heading for the exit doors than those coming in.