The ‘William Carvalho to Manchester United’ transfer saga continues.
The Portugal international defensive midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League giants for several weeks, but no agreement between the Red Devils and his club Sporting Lisbon appear to be in sights.
Earlier this week, the Portuguese club’s director Augustus Inacio hinted that the 22-year-old can leave if they are paid his full release clause, which is said to be €45 million (£36m).
That sum is apparently too much for United, who are probably justified in not splashing out that kind of money on a youngster who has made fewer than 50 Primeira Liga appearances.
And now it has now been divulged that United have yet to make an offer for Carvalho.
‘I haven't received any formal or informal proposals for any of our players’, A Bola quotes Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho as saying.
Sporting seem to be playing hardball over Carvalho, but it is hard to see them not selling the midfielder for €45m.
The former Portuguese champions have already started making signings in order to reinforce their squad for next season and build on their second-place finish in the Primeira Liga. Perhaps Sporting know that they will need to be ready in the event of Carvalho leaving.
Whether United will pay what Sporting want remains to be seen, but it is clear that this transfer saga is set to continue for a while.