According to a report from Portuguese newspaper Record, Manchester United are prepared to offer €30million for William Carvalho.
However, it is claimed Louis van Gaal’s side has no intention of offering more than that for a player who was outstanding for Sporting Lisbon last season.
William was also tipped to have an impressive World Cup. But his country’s stuttering form and early exit meant not much was seen of the 22-year-old defensive midfielder.
But following numerous scouting missions last season, it now appears – if the latest reports are believed – that United are readying their move.
But here is the question: With Ander Herrera already in place and Michael Carrick still likely to play regularly, should United sign William now or wait to sign Kevin Strootman in January.
The Dutch midfielder is an integral part of van Gaal’s Holland side and many expect him to offer Roma a considerable amount once Strootman has recovered from his season-ending injury.
In fact a bid in the region of €30million could be more than enough to tempt Roma’s hand, leaving United with some decisions to make.
Given Strootman’s previous contributions to Holland, it is unlikely van Gaal has no desire to bring him to his new club side, even if Roma are unlikely to allow him to go without a fight. And while United’s midfield is in need of urgent restructuring, Herrera’s arrival is a big step in the right direction.
Signing William would be another coup, but United also need a new left winger, at least one new centre-back and arguably a right-back to compete with the erratic Rafael.
So could patience be the key in terms of completing his midfield puzzle, holding back on a bid for William in the hope of spending a similar amount on Strootman early next year?