William Carvalho is one of a host of Sporting Lisbon players to have terminated their contracts with the troubled Portuguese club.
Following a poor season in which they didn’t qualify for the Champions League, about 50 fans attacked players at their training ground and trashed one of the changing rooms.
Controversial club president Bruno de Carvalho has also publicly criticissort out a ed individual players and this has led to a hostile atmosphere which players want to escape.
William Carvalho joins Gelson Martins, Bruno Fernandes, Bas Dost, Rui Patricio and Daniel Podence to have terminated their contracts with the club.
Carvalho has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs over the years, with Everton and West Ham seemingly the two most interested clubs after the Hammers tried to sign him last summer.
However, Arsenal would be remiss not to consider bringing Carvalho to the Emirates as he would offer them the steel they have lacked for so long.
With a style very similar to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, Carvalho could boss the Arsenal midfield and help new boss Unai Emery sort out a problem which has plagued Arsenal since the French midfielder’s departure.
Carvalho doesn’t provide much in the way of goals and assists and his languid playing style is reminiscent of Yaya Toure when he’s at his least interested.
But he moves the ball across the park effortlessly, as shown by his 88 per cent passing success rate, and he isn’t afraid to put a boot in, averaging 1.8 tackles and 2.3 fouls per game.
At 6ft2 and 83kg, Carvalho would give Arsenal a physical presence in midfield that Xhaka failed to deliver and is a proven winner, having played a major role in Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory.
If Arsenal can pick him up for free, they haven’t got much to lose, but could gain a midfield general that will help see them return to winning ways.