Manchester United have suffered a potentially huge blow in terms of their summer transfer plans, after Sporting Lisbon’s president Bruno de Carvalho appeared to rule out William Carvalho’s departure.
The defensive midfielder has been heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford, with former manager David Moyes reportedly scouting him close to 20 times this season.
Indeed reports earlier this season claimed United were not only heading the queue but had already agreed a deal for a player with a €45million release-clause.
But the latest quotes suggest he could well be staying exactly where he is; and that no such deal exists.
“There is nothing inevitable,” de Carvalho told reporters in quotes later published by the Mirror. “I am almost certain, if not absolutely certain, that William will continue at Sporting.
And seemingly pouring cold water on claims United had already done a deal, he added, “You never know when a club might appear and be interested in taking him by paying the release-clause.
“Now, William is very satisfied. He is happy and so are we.”
So it seems that a player many feel would be ideal for United is not yet Old Trafford-bound and may never be.
With Moyes at the helm, it was felt it was only a matter of time before the 22-year-old arrived. But now, it appears they are as far away as ever from agreeing a deal for a player who is destined to become one of the very best defensive midfielders in the game.