€45M Manchester United target open to move from Lisbon

€45M Manchester United target open to move from Lisbon


Manchester United have scouted Portugal midfielder William Carvalho for… well…lost count actually…number of times over the past one year. However, that interest somewhat died down once Manchester United had appointed Louis van Gaal as their new manager.

There could be multiple explanations for that. First, the new manager wants to stamp his own authority and probably doesn’t rate the player that much like his predecessor. Secondly, United probably recognise his vast talent but are unwilling to meet his €45m transfer fee. And Sporting are hell-bent not to enter into any negotiation unless the transfer value is met. As a natural consequence United are forced to seek options elsewhere.


But, the situation could change if the player himself wants a move. The Sporting Lisbon midfielder who remained tight lipped on his future so far, now admitted he is not so sure anymore.

“Will I stay at Sporting? I don’t know. I’m going back to Portugal and then we’ll see,” Carvalho said in an interview with MaisFutebol, relayed by Sky Sports, after Portugal’s 2-1 win over Ghana.

Carvalho played all 90 minutes in the victory over Ghana and 45 minutes in the 2-2 draw with the USA, but couldn’t stop Portugal crashing out of the tournament so early.

Several European heavy weights like Real Madrid and Monaco are vying for his signature, so it remains to be seen whether Manchester United at all make any move for him in the summer.

Manchester United definitely need a strong defensive holding midfielder. But, will they pay such ridiculous transfer fee for a 22-year-old? Furthermore, United have been linked with players like Toni Kroos or Bastian Schweinsteiger, who are already recognised stars in world football and would cost less as well. 

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  1. Well the way I c it in the game today is for every big club the way to success is the younger generation with their speed which dominate the game nowadays so ill say Man Utd should sign him cause were only looking for the best to put our club back where they belong in the number 1 spot in the world

  2. Man Utd have already agreed to pay,what seems to me a ridiculous transfer fee, for a much younger player in Luke Shaw. The kid is talented and has all the attributes of transforming to a world class player but has yet to prove himself. You don’t spend excessively just b’cos you have the funds at your disposal. There are guide lines and principles to be adhered to. These very principles have been the foundation for the success of Man Utd into becoming one of the greatest clubs in the world. In any case I am very confident Man Utd will continue to be loyal to their principles and still make world class transfers.

  3. Thats the problem. William is not really strong on the speed aspect. He positions well, passes well but doesnt have speed. He’s like a 22yr old version of 2012/2013 carrick. Effective? Yes!!! Fast? No!!!

  4. We are in need of young terlented,exprience and world best players in order to return back to our old level of best team in the world

  5. Did the article above just described william fee as ridiculous?? Inflated fees for english players are paid without any debate while non english talents should be signed on a cheap right?? I hope I am wrong, but if william were english, his fee would not be regarded as ridiculous..

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