Portuguese international William Carvalho has long been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.
The Red Devils were said to have already reached a £36 million agreement with Sporting Lisbon to prize away the youngster this summer, though those reports have since turned out to be inaccurate.
Nevertheless, United’s interest has remained with the club still in desperate need for that elusive midfield enforcer which has been missing at Old Trafford for a number of years.
Their prospects of signing Carvalho, however, may be on the slide if Chelsea’s interest in the player is said to be true.
According to The Mirror, The Blues are keen to make an offer of £11 million plus extras for the 22-year-old, with the possibility of sending a player – or perhaps even Carvalho himself – on loan the other way.
It’s an interesting proposition from Chelsea, and one they have become familiar with as they bid to start a new era with young players expected to grow at the club.
Other young stars such as Thibaut Courtois, Kurt Zouma, Lucas Piazon, Thorgan Hazard and Christian Atsu have joined in similar circumstances, and it is one which can only benefit the club in the long run.
Given Chelsea’s current shortage of defensive midfielders, there is the possibility that Carvalho could join up with Mourinho’s squad immediately – especially if his hype is to be believed.
Sporting Lisbon, however, have said to want up to £30 million for their midfielder, though a meeting next week with club's president should put clearer light on the situation.
William Carvalho has represented Portugal at all levels, winning his first international cap during the World Cup playoff victory over Sweden last November.
He has since cemented his place in the national set-up, and appeared twice at this summer’s World Cup including playing 90 minutes during Portugal’s 2-1 victory over Ghana.