Manchester United’s first summer signing ?

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Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho will reportedly join Manchester United this summer.

According to a number of media reports, Carvalho will become Manchester United manager David Moyes’ first big summer singing – for a whopping £37m.

The 21-year-old Portuguese international is predominantly a defensive midfielder, and is said to be Portugal’s next big star.

Carvalho has risen up through the Sporting Lisbon ranks, having had a fruitful loan spell last season with Belgian side Cercle Brugge to help further his development. Since his return, he has become a permanent fixture in Sporting’s midfield – making 23 league appearances.

Sporting Lisbon have a good track record selling players to Manchester United - both Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani went on to be hugely successful at Old Trafford, and the relationship between the clubs will certainly help Manchester United if, indeed, a deal is in the offing.

The Mirror claims that Carvalho’s agent was given a tour around Manchester United’s Carrington training ground last week, and the club are happy to pay Carvalho’s reported £37m release clause - with the player moving to Old Trafford after this summer's World Cup.

This appears good news for Moyes and his staff, as an early deal demonstrates that the Manchester United boss has perhaps learned from his transfer window mistakes last summer.

The Scot joined the reigning Premier League champions last summer and took a while before identifying his transfer targets. This delay ultimately cost the club, as they missed out on some key prospects such as Thiago, Cesc Fabregas, and Athletic Bilbao duo Ander Herrera and Iker Muniain.

An early deal for Carvalho, however, would represent good business for Manchester United and lay down a marker to the rest of the Premier League that the club is intent on quickly getting its mojo back.

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