Not many footballers can be hailed as game-changers in the broader sense of the word; those players who arrive at a club and change not just a single match but the entire essence of the team. But then not many players possess the talent of William Carvalho.
For much of the last season, the 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon player had been linked with a transfer to Manchester United. And yet following David Moyes’ departure and the likely arrival of Louis van Gaal, the Old Trafford club have reportedly become a little less interested in the player despite previously scouting him upwards of 15 times.
The latest report from the Daily Star claims Liverpool are now – somewhat surprisingly given that they had never been linked with him before – favourites to sign William this summer, with a reported fee of £30million being touted.
That is considerably less than his €45million release-clause, but in truth Sporting were always going to struggle to get someone to pay that amount for a player who only burst onto the scene this season.
In truth he is well on the way to being worth just that, but if Liverpool can get him for closer to the £30million being reported, they will net a bargain…and one that will immediately transform their side.
Many Reds fans will say it is in defence that Liverpool need to strengthen. But with William in the team, that back-line will instantly have an outstanding and almost-impenetrable additional protector.
For those who may accuse me of hyperbole, simply watch William this summer in the World Cup for Portugal, and you will soon realise what an outstanding talent he already is, let alone what an amazing player he is destined to become.
In short, if Brendan Rodgers manages to secure William ahead of United and any other interested parties, Liverpool will win the Premier League next season.
With a devastating and improving front-three of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, and with the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Jon Flanagan another year older and Mamadou Sakho a year into his time at Anfield, Liverpool will be a threat next season. But with William, they will be the side to beat, and if opponents start coming up against the seemingly immovable object, it will make for a very exciting season in the red half of Merseyside.