Arsenal are not as close to signing William Carvalho as previously claimed, it has been revealed.
The Mail were one of a number of outlets to claim earlier this week that the Gunners were 'closing in' on the Sporting Lisbon midfielder, claiming they were, 'set to beat Manchester United' to his signature.
They had credited Portuguese newspaper O Jogo who said that Arsenal had submitted an offer of £24 million.
Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho has now come out and scotched the rumours.
He told a press conference, reported by MaisFutebol: "For William Carvalho there has emerged still nothing."
He did reveal that offers had been made for Marcos Rojo, linked to Southampton this week, and Islam Slimani, a reported target for Leicester City, but none had met their asking price. He did offer however a slight bit of hope:
"Let's see what happens by the end of the market, in terms of inputs and outputs, but the squad is not closed."
Sporting's position for Portuguese international Carvalho remains as it has always been, they are open to selling at the right price.
His £37 million release clause is a high amount, and it was speculated Arsenal hoped to do a deal for below that amount, but as De Carvalho reveals, there have been no offers to consider.
Whether it will stay this way is unclear, but Arsene Wenger's comments regarding Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers being capable of playing in defensive midfield, in addition to Mathieu Flamini, suggest this may be one transfer target the Gunners are not intending on splashing out on.