Sporting Lisbon chairman Bruno de Carvalho hints that William Carvalho could be allowed to leave – for the right price.
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Sporting Lisbon have hinted at a possible summer sale of midfielder William Carvalho, according to the Daily Star, with Manchester United and Chelsea both having been linked with a move for the Portugal international this summer.
United had been reported to have made a bid in excess of £30 million for Carvalho, but the chairman was keen to stress that no approaches had been made to his club:
“We haven’t received any formal or informal proposals for any of our players.”
Despite this, however, he also stopped a long way short of ruling out any possible deal to see Carvalho leave:
“Is a sale possible? Nothing is impossible in football.”
Whether United remain interested in Carvalho after securing a huge deal for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera remains to be seen, but Herrera’s more attacking, box-to-box style certainly leaves space for a more specialist defensive midfielder such as Carvalho.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have plenty of central midfield talent, with Cesc Fabregas joining the likes of Nemanja Matic, Ramires and John Obi Mikel, but the club and Jose Mourinho have rarely shied away from bringing in a young talent they feel is worth it.
Born in Angola, Carvalho came through the youth system at Sporting but has played the majority of his senior football in loan spells, with Fatima and Cercle Brugge, only emerging as a genuine first team player at the club in the last season.