It cannot be overstated just how much William Carvalho would transform Manchester United’s midfield.
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder may have only come to the fore this season, but his development and his innate talent are such that he would turn United’s midfield from lightweight and penetrable to the complete opposite of that.
He may be young, but he is a rock. A player who understands the game, is fully aware of his skill-set and who is destined to be one of the great defensive midfielders of the next decade.
The links with United have been ongoing for some time now, with David Moyes reportedly sending scouts to watch him upwards of 10 times. With a reported release-clause of €45million he will not come cheap. But he is well worth the considerable outlay.
However, his coach at Sporting, Leonardo Jardim has now had his say on the 21-year-old’s future in an interview published by Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
“William has grown a lot in the last six months,” Jardim said. “He has had sustained growth through his work.
“But I believe we still have some room for growth, as he is only 21. He is a player increasingly starting for both Sporting and Portugal. Players like him always prefer staying in my team.”
Having recently name-checked both United and Real Madrid as potential future destinations, it is clear William is fully aware of the buzz his performances have generated.
And as much as Jardim may want him to stay – which is no surprise given his importance to a team who have excelled in the Primeira Liga this season – if someone matches that release-clause, he may be powerless to stop his crown jewel moving on.
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