The transfer window is now just as close as the distance between nostrils and it won’t be long before someone comes through as our first signing, and it could well be the one we all want to see, a defensive midfielder.
Reports in Portugal claim that Arsenal will soon table a £25.5m bid for Sporting midfielder, William Carvalho according to Daily Star. The 22-year old has been keenly followed by Arsenal officials all through the summer and a bid had apparently been thrown back at us for not reaching their evaluation. However, Wenger is set to bring down the house just to finally land his man in the coming weeks, as a measure to check the incessant spate of injuries to his midfield, a factor that has threatened the stability of our team.
Arsenal have had a need for a new force in midfield right from the beginning of the season but a renewed contract for Arteta did not make it seem as though Wenger saw a gaping hole there. With the recurring injuries to the captain, Le Prof will know better than put his eggs in that basket going into the business end of the season. He appears to now acknowledge a need to buy.
“There is a need there [to buy], but the right opportunity has to come up” Wenger said.
“To buy [just for the sake] is not what we want to do, but if the right opportunity comes up, we will do it.”
“If you look at the number of games some players played and the injuries we have with Wilshere, Ramsey and Arteta, we’re a bit short at the moment in midfield”
It does seem there is a very “right opportunity” to sign the highly-rated young midfielder in the next few weeks. Sporting are open to the fact that they won’t be able to keep for much longer from the jaws of Europe’s big clubs and when a club whom he wants to join come calling, the agreement of a substantial fee would be the only obstacle.
Having been eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage, there will be little motivation for Carvalho to want to stay on at the Estadio Jose Alvavade, especially as the battle for the Portuguese Championship appears to be an uninterruptible two-horse race between Porto and Benfica. He has not made secret his wish to see his career take a bigger step in a big club and this could be the window to take flight.
“I would not say I was disappointed [to stay], 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”.
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