Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho is reportedly close to joining a Premier League club.
Which Premier League club? Nobody knows. It could be Arsenal. It could also be West Brom. That’s according to Record via Sport Witness, who state Carvalho is definitely moving to England but admitted they don’t know which club.
It’s an unorthodox report and one that loses a lot of its credibility without a named destination. Record speculate that Carvalho’s destination could be West Brom, as the Baggies made an approach last summer and Tony Pulis has spoken about the player.
It could also be Arsenal, however, as they made an approach two years ago and have been consistently linked for some time. The deal is supposed to be completed for £40m after the Champions League play-off games that take place on the 15th and 22nd of August.
That would make this a late transfer for whoever is buying him. Arsenal kick-off their Premier League season on August 11 against Leicester and would ideally want a complete squad by then.
Carvalho has been long mooted for a move to the Premier League since his big breakthrough in 2013. Given he’s made 154 appearances for Sporting and 37 caps for Portugal, the 25-year-old may feel the time is right to make the step-up.
The idea of West Brom spending £40m on a player seems unlikely. Arsenal’s interest isn’t strange as as they could do with a central midfielder with Santi Cazorla injured and Jack Wilshere and Mohamed Elneny up for sale.
However, there are concerns about the mobility of a Carvalho-Xhaka pairing in midfield. We’ll have to see if anything comes out of this, or if it’s just the press jumping to conclusions again.