Portuguese football clubs release a list of sides that have scouts present at each and every Primeira Liga game, and as a result, it is clear that Manchester United are one of a few sides keen on a Sporting Lisbon player or two.
The man most regularly (and understandably) linked is William Carvalho, a 21-year-old defensive midfielder who is exactly what David Moyes needs.
The Portuguese international is enjoying an outstanding season and is destined for the very top of the game. And if he does arrive at Old Trafford he would immediately transform their midfield from light-weight to sturdy, and with years to improve he could go down as a United legend.
There is a lot of hyperbole in football; certainly when it comes to transfer rumours. But in the case of William, you should believe the hype; which brings me to my point…
United have reportedly had scouts watching William on close to 15 occasions now, which begs the question, why?
I know Moyes is a stickler for details when it comes to analysing potential new recruits. But if his staff did not know William was a certainty within three trips to Lisbon they were probably watching the wrong player.
And then there is the fact that Moyes has been watching his own midfield for almost an entire season now. If that did not tell him he needs to bid for a player with a reported €45million release-clause, then I do not know what will.
When so much money is involved, it pays to be careful. But William is worth the expenditure and the risk…simply because in truth there is no risk at all.
He will move to a big club in the future, one of the biggest in fact. So it is up to Moyes to decide if all those scouting trips told him what anyone who has seen William this season knows very well.
He is a class act, and he is perfect for a midfield that is currently anything but.