According to the Daily Mail, Sporting Lisbon manager, Marco Silva, has handed a massive boost to both Arsenal and rivals Chelsea in the race to sign Portuguese midfield powerhouse, William Carvalho.
Carvalho, 22, has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League over the past few months, with an Arsenal bid even reportedly turned down by the Lisbon club in the summer. The youngster, who was part of the failed Portuguese team at the World Cup, has yet to fully live up to his commanding performances of last season, but that could be the sign of an impending departure for greener pastures.
Speaking in preparation for the last Champions league game, which later became a defeat to Chelsea, Silva confirmed Carvalho being hunted down by several EPL sides with the Winter transfer window a possible opening for the player to make the switch across:
“’William is a target for English teams, but I want him to play his game. He’s not playing at the same level as last season because last season he was a surprise, but he’s improving. William has many offers. Let’s wait till January.”
The January window doesn’t exactly bear the same weight of expectation between Chelsea and Arsenal fans, as Jose Mourinho’s team have not come close to having to contend with the heavy injury bill on the Gunners books.
Nearly every week sees the loss of one player or the other and the fact that the more recent epidemic has been sweeping off all of Wenger’s midfield assets, it could be Arsenal pressured to take the initiative to bring Carvalho to London in January. Arsenal are already without a quartet of the team’s central midfielders, with Aaron Ramsey the latest to elbow his way into the treatment room already cracking under the pressure of the presence of Arteta, Wilshere, Diaby, and Mesut Ozil.
Carvalho’s already made up to join the Premier League and his inclination towards Arsenal should be the boost required, if there be a genuine interest on our part to go for him. He is not yet as proven as some of the other Benders and Schneiderlins also linked to us, but he has all in the tank to go on shooting on a massive scale in the years to come. Like Schneiderlin, he seemed ready to move on during last summer but has had to put up with a failed move, hoping for a breakthrough in the future.
“I would not say I was disappointed [to stay]”, Carvalho had been quoted as saying before.
“But despite being very happy at Sporting, we all have ambitions and I hope one day to be playing in the best leagues in the world, the English or Spanish”.
“It did not happen this year, but if I continue to do my job as I have been doing for sure that sooner or later it will happen”
It remains to be seen if Wenger will really allow Mourinho beat him to this promising youngster who could really provide much of what we need, especially as they already have one in Nemanja Matic, who is the envy of many, and of course, the one we passed up. Cesc someone.
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