Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho has claimed that William Carvalho does not want to leave in the summer.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer, with some reports suggesting that the two clubs have already agreed on a fee.
French outfit Monaco have also been credited with an interest in the Portugal international, who has earned a reputation of being one of the most talented youngsters in Europe with his performances for Sporting this season.
However, the Lisbon club’s president De Carvalho has played down those reports and insists that the Angola-born star will remain at Estedio Jose Alvalade for next season at least.
"We are calm, although every day there are stories in the papers appearing about the sale of our player," he told TVI 24 in Portugal.
"Sporting is not a club exclusively just for the sale of players. If a club pays €45m (£37.5m), then it is not necessary to speak, but I think William does not want to leave Sporting.
"At the moment it is more likely that he will sign a new deal. Personally, I say that the kid is content at Sporting."
Now, of course De Carvalho is going to say that. He would hardly admit in public that one of his team’s prized assets is keen on leaving, thereby losing power when it comes to negotiations with interested clubs.
And it is also virtually guaranteed that no club would actually pay Carvalho’s £37.5m (45m euro) buyout clause. Not that they would have to, as Sporting will certainly settle for a sum much less than that, but that is a lot of money for someone so young and yet to be really tested.
However, United manager David Moyes desperately needs a central midfielder for next season and Carvalho could be his answer. A strong and quality-laden player, he is not exactly a finished article and has been part of the Sporting first team only this season, but Carvalho has potential and one would suspect that United would have sent scouts to verify his talent, if indeed they are genuinely keen on him.
One thing’s for sure: Sporting will be eager to sell him for as much as they can, whether be that to United, Monaco or any other club.
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