Arsenal Make £24m Bid For Long-Term Man Utd Target

By on July 20, 2014

The summer transfer window is now open for business and it’s expected to be a busy few weeks as managers strengthen their squads ahead of next season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Arsenal make a move for William Carvalho.

William Carvalho Sporting Lisbon

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Arsenal have made a €30m (£24m) bid for long-term Manchester United target William Carvalho, according to reports in Portugal.

The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the most in-demand young midfielders in Europe after an excellent season for Sporting Lisbon last year, with his powerful displays in the middle of the park earning him a place in the Portugal squad for this summers World Cup finals.

Manchester United have long been linked with a move for Carvalho and reports earlier this month suggested that Louis van Gaal was ready to renew the clubs interest as he looks to bring in a partner for Ander Herrera in his new-look side at Old Trafford.

However, it looks like the former champions have some stiff competition with reports in Portuguese newspaper O Jogo claiming today that Arsenal have now entered the chase and tabled a formal €30m (£24m) bid.

Arsene Wenger is believed to be on the look-out for a defensive-minded midfielder this summer and Carvalho would certainly add some much-needed power and physicality to the Gunners talented side.

But it appears the north Londoners are going to have to dig a little deeper if they want to lure the Angola-born ace to the Emirates as O Jogo state that their offer falls short of the players €45m buy-out clause and Sporting are reluctant to sell their star man for anything less.

Another issue for the Portuguese outfit is that Arsenal have proposed to pay the £24m fee in two installments, and as Sporting only own 60% of the players rights, they would prefer to get the entire fee upfront.

So while a deal is yet to be agreed between the two clubs, should Wenger be prepared to pay a larger fee in advance, then he may be able to negotiate a fee below Carvalho’s €45m buy-out figure.

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However, it remains to be seen how United will respond to the news that Arsenal have made a formal move for the player and we may find that van Gaal will now step up his interest and a ‘bidding war’ situation could ensue.

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4 Comments

  1. Ibrahim Oloje

    July 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    We nid more signing. Up gunners!

  2. Lawrence MALTA

    July 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    William Carvalho – If UTD do think that the players are waiting for UTD’s convenience if they are eager to secure are wrong.
    It will be a really disgrace if we lose this young talented player when UTD do really need a star player like Carvalho.
    UTD don’t go mad experimenting business transfers money-wise

  3. ThankGod Williams

    July 21, 2014 at 11:25 am

    The Gunners season is on the verge of glory with the manager very busy in the transfer market trying his best to strenghthen his current squad that won the FA cup the season that concluded on the month of may.

  4. Okedara Gbenga

    July 21, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    pls wenger stop waiting ur time on kerdira
    sign the young nd talented player like carvalho
    thank.. Gunners 4 ever

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