Man United Scout Portuguese International Ahead of Possible Deadline Day Bid

Old Trafford side want Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

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Man United scouts were reportedly in Portugal on Sunday night to watch William Carvalho in action during the Lisbon derby according to O Jogo.

Though Louis van Gaal has invested over £130m in new additions this summer already it appears he has his sights set on further signings and could feel that he is need of a strong tackling midfielder.

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22 year old Sporting Lisbon battler William Carvalho played a key role in helping his side to a runners-up spot in the Primeira Liga last term and forced his way into Paulo Bento’s 2014 World Cup squad and has been the subject of a great deal of interest this summer.

Arsenal had been linked with Carvalho earlier this summer but may have been scared off by the inflated price-tag placed on the youngster, with some sources claiming that Sporting may want as much as £35m for the player.

One wonders if Man United would be willing to fork out such a fee.

Van Gaal has also been linked with an interest in AC Milan’s Nigel de Jong and the experienced Dutch international may be a more cost effective option.

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