£37m valued Arsenal and United target sent off on opening day of the season

Sporting Lisbon

William Carvalho received the first red-card of his career yesterday against Academica Coimbra.

One name who keeps doing the rounds in the transfer rumour columns this summer is Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

The bullish but classy midfielder has a touch of the Patrick Vieira's about him and has therefore been targeted by an abundance of clubs - including those in the Premier League.

Along with Juventus and AS Monaco both Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with the player in recent weeks.

However, with a release clause of £37 million, not many have moved on their interest - although it is now generally believed that Sporting will accept a lesser bid, in the region of £24 million for the 22-year-old.

But that type of cash would still be a big gamble by Arsenal or United. For all his excellence he is still young and unproven in a top European league. He showed glimpses of his talent at the World Cup in the summer - but nothing to make Arsenal or United spend over £20 million on his services.

And he would have done his case no favours last night. Carvalho was magnificent for Sporting against Academica in the opening game of the Portuguese league season yesterday. He strolled around the pitch as if it was a Saturday park game. His passing was excellent, tackling great and positioning sublime.

But he showed his lack of maturity by receiving two silly yellow cards in the second half, seeing him sent to the stands just after the hour mark.

His impressive performance was therefore scarred by his moment of naivety, which might make the interested parties consider his mentality for such a move.

That being said he was excellent in the game and this was indeed the first red card of his professional career, for club or country, so they might just look past it - and splash the cash anyway.

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