Manchester United's €45m 'deal' takes new twist

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Manchester United have been strongly linked with William Carvalho, but the interest of AS Monaco does not bode well.

Reports over a 'done deal' for William Carvalho claimed by The People were always going to be premature, and the latest reports out of Europe indicate such claims are unravelling.

The paper reported on Sunday that Manchester United have agreed a deal in principle for Carvalho for £37 million, or €45m, but there are yet to be any comments from the club nor reports verifying the information in Portugal, where the midfielder plies his trade with Sporting Lisbon.

The central midfielder is the type of powerful, all-action star which United need, although at a hefty price it is lot to invest in a 21-year-old.

They are not the only ones apparently interested in doing so however, as reports have emerged over the past 24 hours that AS Monaco are planning on hijacking United's proposed transfer.

French website Le10Sport claimed an exclusive yesterday, stating that Monaco are taking a 'serious' interest in Carvalho.

They write that Monaco have sent scouts to watch him in action, and point to the Ligue 1 side's previous forays into the Portuguese market last summer, acquiring Joao Mourinho and James Rodriguez from Porto.

Monaco sit second in Ligue 1 and currently look like certainties to qualify for next season's Champions League. This will make them even keener to kick on and sign new players, with an even greater pull than they did last summer.

Monaco may not be ideal for Carvalho however. Champions League football is unlikely alone to be a pull, as he looks likely to achieve this with Sporting this season.

The midfield at Monaco is a talented one already, in part thanks to Moutinho, while another big signing from last summer, Geoffrey Kondogbia struggles to hold down a place in the side, and a switch to United may even be more beneficial for Carvalho.

How concrete Monaco's interest is, remains to be seen,  but the news underlines the fact that this is no 'done deal' as was claimed over the weekend, and there may be several twists and turns still to come.

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