Chelsea turn to Portuguese starlet

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is keen to link up with compatriot William Carvalho this summer, according to reports from the Sunday People.

After snapping up Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa – the latter is set to be officially announced in the coming weeks – ‘The Special One’ is keen to bolster the defensive area of his XI.

A top-class partner for Nemanja Matic is thought to be his priority, with Paul Pogba of Juventus having been mooted as a target.

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But with the France international likely to cost around £60m, Carvalho has emerged as a genuine option.

The 22-year-old has been starring for Sporting Lisbon for some time, and is considered to be on of his home nation’s top talents.

On top of this, he will command a figure of around half that of Pogba, with a deal worth close to £30m likely to be enough.

Manchester United have baulked at that sum in the past, but with Chelsea having raised £90m in player sales since January they can afford to splash the cash.