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Arsenal close to signing Manchester United target, after player wants Emirates move


According to reports in ESPN, Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Manchester United target William Carvalho who has hinted that he wants to join the Emirates outfit. The highly rated 22 year old has attracted envious glances from all over Europe with a majority of top flight clubs waiting in queue for his signature. However Arsenal currently lead the  line and the report claims that Sporting Lisbon is hoping and is ready for a last minute snatch from Arsenal to prize away the Portuguese asset from his native country.

It has been indicated that the player himself is said to favour a side currently in the Champions League and there are huge chances that Arsenal may move for him before the transfer window slams shut on Monday. However he will not come cheap as Sporting want offers to be above £24m to do business. With fitness concerns surrounding Mikel Arteta and the inability of Mathieu Flamini to play the defensive midfield role to perfection, Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger is expected to move for the player as he expects to mount a serious Premier League title challenge after the disappointments last term.

Sporting have already lost one of their prized assets in Marcos Rojo, the Argentine who joined United and is now sorting out his work permit issues. Arsenal have already been after a central midfielder who can screen the back four and also break down opposition attacks and had two of their bids rejected for Carvalho after their interest in want away Real Madrid midfielder and World Cup winner Sami Khedira ended thanks to the player’s astronomical wage demands which Wenger wasn’t inclined to meet.

With just under 48 hours remaining at the time of writing, Arsenal will however have to move fast. Wenger had earlier phone called PSG’s Adrien Rabiot but Italian side Roma are perhaps in pole position to sign the 19 year old French sensation.

Report: Manchester United Manager Confirms Deadline Day Activity – Carvalho, Blind In Radar


Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has admitted that he expects activity in the transfer market before the deadline on Monday night. The Dutch legend however has given no guarantees but he is certain that a plethora of transfers are in the pipeline with ins and outs reportedly possible before the transfer window slams shut. Van Gaal however wan’t drawn to take names as he believed that doing so would raise the value in the inflated transfer market. He stated, “I cannot say anything about that [the market] because it will raise the price.”

United face an away trip to promoted side Burnley in their search for the win of the season after being humbled at home in the opening day of the season against Swansea and then getting only a point at the Stadium of light against Sunderland before their second string side were humiliated by 4-0 at the hands of Championship side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

The Times report that United will now challenge Arsenal to bring in William Carvalho from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon as Van Gaal is desperate to being in a central defensive midfielder to haul his midfield after reports suggest that the Red Devils have hit a potential stumbling block to sign Arturo Vidal from Juventus.

The Portuguese side earlier were refusing to baulk their €45 million (about £36 million) stipulated in the 22-year-old’s contract but they are now ready to do business at a lower price. United will try to do all they can to do business at €30m after they also signed Marcos Rojo from Sporting and believe that the cash deal would be enough to entice the club and the player to pursue his career at Old Trafford.

United are also believed to be in for Ajax man and World Cup star Daley Blind, a player who can feature in a variety of positions from left wing back to central defensive midfield and thus will suit Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 set up at Manchester.


Manchester United ready to hijack move for long term Arsenal target

According to reports in the Independent, there are major doubts growing that the Arturo Vidal deal for Manchester United might no longer be feasible. The Red Devils thus don’t want to take any risk and with the tabloid reporting that Louis Van Gaal is now turning to Arsenal target William Carvalho, a major question arises on two fronts.

Arsenal are long interested in the player and Wenger is desperate to sign the player but the French manager knows that he might be overpowered by United’s sizeable transfer kitty.

United though in all certainties will try desperately to sign Vidal no matter what but know they might hit a road block. Thus they are taking no chances and are looking for a plan B. But Vidal’s knee injuries has made Van Gaal a bit relucatant as he demands the best out of his players in his formations. The Dutch legend is thus concerned that Vidal might not be able to cope with his demanding game play.

The way Independent reports the story makes anyone believe that the Old Trafford outfit were interested in the 22 year long before Van Gaal’s arrival and now that Sporting have reduced their asking price, but rejected two serious bids from Arsenal, United could be thought as the potential front runners to sign the Portuguese sensation.

The reason for saying this is simple in hindsight. Jorge Mendes, the super agent of Angel Di Maria, the Argentine who signed for United this week, is also the representative for Carvalho and have linked United’s keen interest in the player by saying they can use their knowledge and goodwill with Mendes to sign the Arsenal target.

United’s first two games of the new Premier League season have showed the importance of a central midfielder who can take charge in the middle of the park to direct the troops. Is Carvalho the one? Arsenal fans won’t be too happy if the player lands at the Carrington training complex for a medical.

Arsenal handed massive boost in pursuit of €45m rated Portuguese sensation

Arsenal’s need for a central defensive midfielder is well documented and the Gunners have reportedly handed a major boost in their pursuit of the Portuguese sensation William Carvalho. It is believed that manager Arsene Wenger is set to look forward for more transfers to bring in to the London club but any such developments will only materialize after Arsenal finish their second leg of the UEFA Champions league playoff against Besiktas.

The North London club were lucky to escape with a goalless draw from Turkey and as the tie is poised on the balance, it is believed that Wenger will take great care and give his all to make sure that his side qualifies for Europe’s top flight competition.

Reports from the English tabloid Express  claim that Arsenal have been handed quite a boost for acquiring the services of Carvalho as Sporting are now believed to decrease their asking price for their prized asset. Express believs that the Porugiese club can now do business for £24m which is a significant decrease of £11m of what had originally been expected.

Sporting are believed to be interested in the services of a number of Arsenal players including Yaya Sanogo, Serge Gnabry, Francis Coquelin and Ryo Miyaichi that could result in a part-exchange deal for the 22-year-old. The deal might happen for none of the mentioned players significantly feature for the Gunners starting eleven.

Earlier Manchester United were also interested in the €45m star but now that the Red Devils have almost completed the deal for Angel Di Maria on a record deal, their interest on Carvalho will be substantially reduced. Arsenal earlier had a bid rejected by Sporting which was believed to be in the range of €25m, however Wenger isn’t deterred and is now ready for another bid.

If at all Arsenal can sign Carvalho in the remaining days of the transfer window, be rest assured Sami Khedira’s interest in Chelsea is going to go up the ladder.