Arsenal closing in on £25.5m Man United target

Arsenal are on the verge of tying up a January deal for Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The Sporting Lisbon ace is one of Europe’s most highly-rated young players, and at 22 is already a regular for his nation.

Manchester United have been linked with moves for his signature on multiple occasions, but it’s understood that Arsenal are close to tying up a swoop.

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Reports claim that a £25.5m offer is in the pipeline, and that Arsene Wenger is confident that the player himself is ready to move to north London to further his career.

Powerful, robust and quick, Carvalho has already been dubbed the ‘new Patrick Vieira’ and is rumoured to be seen as a player capable of adding the presence Arsenal have lacked in the centre of the pitch for some time.

Chelsea have also been linked with the youngster, who has already hinted that Sporting may be unable to offer him the platform to fulfil his ambitions.

Portuguese football has been a successful breeding ground for Premier League talent in recent years, with the likes of Ramires, Nemanja Matic and David Luiz having all plied their trade in the nation’s top tier.


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