Arsene Wenger has made a defensive midfielder his top priority for Arsenal in the January transfer window. Still top of his wish list is Portugal and Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho, according to the Daily Mail.
Arsenal reportedly had bids knocked back for the Angolan-born midfielder in the summer. But now it seems Wenger is willing to sanction the move and test Sporting Lisbon’s officials with a £20 million bid.
Having monitored the 22-year-old in the summer, he showed his defensive qualities and versatility by playing centre-back for Portugal at the World Cup in Brazil for two of the three group stage games.
Sporting Lisbon are already out of the Champions League having been knocked out before Christmas and currently lingering outside of the Champions League places for next term in the Primeira Liga, so it could be the perfect time for Sporting Lisbon to cash in on one of their biggest assets.
Back in October Carvalho declared his ambitions to move to one of the best leagues in the world and said that he expected the move to happen “sooner rather than later”.
The powerful midfielder is still only 22 and could prove a huge boost for Arsenal and their defensive woes as they look to shore up the midfield. With a rumoured £20 million budget at Arsene’s disposal the move could happen early in the transfer window.
One stumbling block could be that he won’t be able to play in the Champions League for Arsenal were he to move, as he has already played for Sporting Lisbon in the group stages this year.
Wenger is keen to bring in a solid midfielder to help them both in the Premier League, and the Champions League but Carvalho would not be able to help on the European front until next season if he is brought in.
Other options Arsenal have been looking at is Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira, Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak and Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko – who recently declared his love for his idol, former Gunner Patrick Vieira.
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