Arsenal are set to launch a £14m move for Portuguese midfield starlet William Carvalho, according to reports from O Jogo.

The Sporting Lisbon ace is currently one of European football’s most sought after enforcers, and has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this year.

Reports a few months ago suggested that the Red Devils had a deal for the 22-year-old all but sewn up, yet their interest appears to have dipped over the summer.

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Arsenal are now in the driving seat, with Arsene Wenger prepared to sanction a big £24m swoop for the youngster.

Sporting have been adamant that a release clause-triggering £37m offer would be needed to nab Carvalho, but now it is claimed that the Gunners’ imminent bid may well be accepted.

The Portuguese giants are aware that they may well have to sell, and are tempted by the idea of a full cash payment, which is more likely with a lowered price tag.

Arsenal have been tracking Sami Khedira of Real Madrid, but the German is significantly older and would command vast wages.

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