Manchester United are keen to bolster their midfield ranks this summer as they bid to find the perfect enforcer to help bring back European football to Old Trafford.
Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos has been singled out for the best part of six months as the man to do it, yet recent reports have suggested that new manager Louis van Gaal has pulled out of a deal to sign the German international.
Despite the disappointment, there are many players out there who still fit the description needed at United and one of those is Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho.
The 22-year-old defensive midfielder has come of age this season, dominating games with his strength, power and, more importantly, his excellent vision and passing range.
Such a deal, however, was never confirmed and it appears that United may have taken their eye off the ball in recent weeks.
Nevertheless, Carvalho’s latest performance for Portugal comes as a fresh reminder to the Manchester outfit as to what he can do, and it also eliminates any doubts that he isn't ready to perform on the big stage.
In a friendly match against fellow World Cup qualifiers Greece, the Sporting star dominated the midfield, taking 90 touches, completing 82 passes and maintaining a 90% pass success rate – more than any other player on the pitch.
With United crying out for a midfielder of this ilk, they better hurry if they are to make him their number one signing this summer, as French champions Paris Saint-Germain are also reportedly hot on his heels.