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Manchester United make moves for €45m midfielder according to reports in Portugal

According to reports in the Portuguese media Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho has caught the attention of a number of top clubs including Manchester United.
Portuguese newspaper Record have revealed that the Premier League champions have been monitoring the player since he went on loan to Cercle Brugge last year. Manchester United sent scouts to Belgium to watch the defensive midfielder in action last season and have also been watching him closely since he returned to Portugal in the summer.

Carvalho is contracted to Sporting Lisbon until 2018 and has a buyout clause of €45m. Manchester United wouldn't consider meeting the termination fee especially considering it is well known that the Sporting Lisbon are heavily in debt and are under pressure to sell their prized assets.

The Portuguese club made a loss of €29.7m in the period between 1st July 2012 to 31st March 2013 and all though this was a slight decrease on the previous financial year it still added to the already spiralling debt at the club. Sporting Lisbon’s issues has already resulted in the club offloading players in the summer.

Another issue for the English club is that Sporting Lisbon only own 60% of the player and therefore this will be a problem regarding third party ownership. The other 40% is owned by BES and under Premier League rules Manchester United couldn’t sign him under these conditions.

The 21 year old came through the Sporting Lisbon youth system and has been loaned out on two occasions in recent years to gain first team experience. Since he arrived back at the club he has made great strides to become a regular in the team and has already played in three games so far this season. His last game came in the side’s 2-1 win over Braga at the weekend. Carvalho is a current Portuguese U21 international and has made eight appearances for the side.

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Just asked a Portuguese guy about him, and he said that's he good against weak sides but isn't good enough against the top sides. He said he's overrated at the moment but isn't sure whether he'll be good enough for the top teams yet as he's still only 21.
 

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Carvalho is contracted to Sporting Lisbon until 2018 and has a buyout clause of €45m. Manchester United wouldn't consider meeting the termination fee especially considering it is well known that the Sporting Lisbon are heavily in debt and are under pressure to sell their prized assets.

The Portuguese club made a loss of €29.7m in the period between 1st July 2012 to 31st March 2013 and all though this was a slight decrease on the previous financial year it still added to the already spiralling debt at the club. Sporting Lisbon’s issues has already resulted in the club offloading players in the summer.
I think I'm well suited to comment on this, so this might be a bit long.

Sporting has been through massive changes in the past 6 months, whether it means we'll return to winning titles and not loosing money let and right, it remains to be seen, but so far the signs are pretty positive. Our new president has handled himself admirably, achieving major victories for the club, from renegotiating the debt deals with the banks that are our major creditors, to ensuring that Sporting got just compensation regarding Bruma, and settling a lot of squad related issues, something like 30 players sold or given notice.

Also, one other thing that became clear out of the changes in the club was that the notion that easy picking, cheap players could be had at Sporting. Two specific cases show this clearly, first the afore mentioned Bruma, who pushed his way out of the club with crazy notions that he was out of contract, and with unscrupulous agents trying to force the club to sell him cheap, or risk getting nothing. We stood our ground, and got a fair deal for an 18 year old who wanted to leave. The 2nd example is Rui Patricio, Portugal squad's goalkeeper. A number of clubs expressed interest in him this summer, but clearly wanted a bargain and nothing more, top among them Monaco. Monaco, a club that was swimming in money this summer, persisted in offering little over half of what Sporting was asking for, and got refused every single time.

And now, our squad is mostly kids. Players from the B team, players that were out on loan recently, rookies out of the youth team, with a few "veterans" here and there that wanted to stay and help the club, quite a few of them with lower wages now. They're very enthusiastic, somewhat inexperienced, but I think they have a lot of potential, and this leads me to William. I like him, I think he has the potential to be a great defensive midfielder. I feel is short comings come from his inexperience at top levels of competition, but that's something easy to overcome. And although I agree that paying the buyout clause is unlikely, do not expect bargains just for bargain's sake. It's likely our past history will help there, but no player will leave for less than a fair amount from now on.
 

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I know he's a midfielder, but I'm surprised he's not being dubbed "The New Ricardo Carvalho". Such is the lack of imagination in the modern media when it comes to transfer stories.
 

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Manchester United follow up interest in €45m midfielder

Portuguese newspaper A Bola have reported that Manchester United’s scouting network have stepped up their presence in Portugal and in particular their attention is on Sporting Lisbon. The Portuguese club have made an impressive start to the season and their young team has gained a lot of admirers.
According to A Bola Manchester United have been sending representatives to watch Sporting Lisbon in action this season.The club has had to off load some of its biggest earners in the summer due to financial issues and therefore have had to promote youngsters into the first team.

The question is who has been catching the eye of Manchester United scouts in their trips watch Sporting Lisbon. Record reported early this week that the Manchester club were interested in defensive midfielder William Carvalho. The 21 year old is a one of the young players that has stepped up into the first team this season and is being closely monitored by Manchester United. The Portugal U21 international is contracted to the club into 2018 and has an eye watering €45m buyout clause. The club have been tracking the youngster ever since his loan spell in Belgium last season with Cercle Brugge and have followed him to Portugal to continue to monitor his progress.

Sporting Lisbon have in recent years invested in the youth system which is now beginning to pay off. They have spent heavily in training the youngsters which has helped produce players like Tiago Ilori and Eric Dier. The club have a history of producing young talent and the Premier League champions have taken advantage of this in the past by signing Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani from them.

It is Sporting Lisbon’s start to the season which has also brought the team to the attention of clubs like Manchester United. The currently lie in second place in the league just two point behind champions FC Porto. They have yet to lose a game in their first six games in the league this season and recorded an impressive away 2-1 victory against third placed Braga last weekend.

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United send scouts to Portugal again as interest in €45m midfielder increases

Manchester United once again sent scouts over to Portugal to watch William Carvalho in action for Sporting Lisbon as they took on rivals Benfica tonight, MaisFutebol confirmed.

The 21-year-old midfielder has previously been scouted by United following his burst onto the scene this season and helped Sporting to a brilliant start to the league, where they are in second place just three points behind leaders Porto.

We asked freelance journalist and Portuguese football specialist Jan Hagen how he played in Sporting’s dramatic 4-3 loss in the derby against Benfica tonight for some insight into how he played.

“William played a decent match tonight against Benfica and played an important part in Sporting’s second half comeback from 3-1 down,” he said.

“He plays an extremely important part in this Sporting team as a whole. He has got strength, passing and tackling skills.

“At the moment, only Porto’s midfielder Fernando is better in Liga Sagres. William seems very mature and humble and was recently rewarded with a call up to the national team.”

For someone who has only just broken into Sporting’s first team, Carvalho has an extortionate release clause in place but Hagen believes he is very much worth it.

He continued: ”William signed a new contract with Sporting not long ago and he was given a €45m release clause. Jorge Mendes is his agent which would help any move to Old Trafford.

“His only problem is his pace. He runs a lot but lacks acceleration. However, he covers it up with real football intelligence with his positioning and movement.”

Youtube videos should never be taken for gospel as to showcasing the true ability of a player but his midfield performance in Sporting’s loss against Porto showed what his game is all about.



His passing was flawless and he grabbed a goal for good measure too. At 21, he looks very accomplished already and has an excellent all-round game.

United didn’t fare too badly when the last time they splashed out on a coveted youngster from Lisbon in Cristiano Ronaldo and the fact that we have repeatedly sent scouts out to watch him shows that we are certainly interested in him.
 

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Could be a Carrick Understudy going off that video.

Not the creative #8 we need still though.
 

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Could be a Carrick Understudy going off that video.

Not the creative #8 we need still though.

Yes, he does not look like the one who can move the ball towards the opposition box. I thought Ever Banega is more the kind of player we need. However my opinion on both these players is based solely on the little video footage I get from the net.
 

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Could be a Carrick Understudy going off that video.

Not the creative #8 we need still though.
And with Carrick's age it might not be a bad idea to bring in a young understudy/contender and potential partner in the big games . Its something Strootman or Wanyama could have done for us and a lot of people expected from Fellaini . In the long term Gundogun is perfect for that creative central role and so is Veratti .
I think we need to spend around £60m on a central midfield duo for our current and future needs so Willian Carvalho and Gundogun will suit us well .
 

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I would expect Fellaini to be the one replacing Carrick. And so we should put our efforts in signing the creative box to box midfielder we badly need.
 

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I would expect Fellaini to be the one replacing Carrick. And so we should put our efforts in signing the creative box to box midfielder we badly need.
Mark this post for future reference ,Fellaini will never reach the standard required to replace Carrick unless we are willing to accept a massive downgrade in performances and results . Jones and Cleverley are better equipped imho . That was £27m down the drain ,literally .
 
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