Manchester United fans have become very familiar with the name William Carvalho.
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder with the reported £37million release-clause has won both fans and plaudits with a string of outstanding performances for the Portuguese side. And if the reports are to be believed, he has also been scouted by David Moyes’ staff around 15 times already this season.
But now the Sunday People has claimed United have agreed to match his clause and that a move will take place after this summer’s World Cup.
And there we were thinking transfer stories of such magnitude were not possible when the window was well and truly closed.
But of course it remains pure speculation at this point, with nothing from United or the player suggesting the deal has indeed been done.
So we had a quick look at what they were (or were not) saying in Portugal. After all, if the reported William deal was so big in England it had surely broken there, too.
While those two major newspapers – along with A Bola – usually break such stories when they occur, on this occasion there is nothing to suggest they know anything more than the British press claim to.
So in short, while it appears likely that Moyes is an admirer of William, it looks far from a done-deal.
That is not to say it will not ultimately become one. But for now United fans may want to temper their excitement with a dose of pessimism.
After all, the ghosts of the rumours surrounding the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Lucas Moura before them have not been completely forgotten.