Sporting Lisbon have reportedly lowered the asking price of Arsenal transfer target William Carvalho.
The Gunners are reportedly in the market for a holding midfielder and Carvalho fits the bill in several aspects as Arsene Wenger mulls over whether to push on with a move.
We’ll know more following Arsenal’s Champions League play-off game against Besiktas tomorrow night, but the Gunners will surely be interested if reports Carvalho is now available at £24 million (down from £35 million) are accurate.
We’ve looked at three key questions related to this report and immediate reaction from Arsenal fans.
Do Arsenal have enough time to get a deal done?
In short, yes. Arsenal’s deal for Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid last summer showed that big, high profile deals can go through quickly at the back end of a transfer window.
Once a fee is agreed, a medical and personal terms can be agreed quickly and the Gunners will have at least five days to get the transfer done and dusted following the Besiktas game.
Should Carvalho be Arsenal’s priority?
Arsenal do have cover at defensive midfield but other areas of the team are arguably more important in terms of adding a player.
Olivier Giroud’s injury has placed Wenger under pressure to sign another striker while there is still a need for an extra body in the back four, which would stop Calum Chambers having to play out of position.
What about Sami Khedira?
Arsenal could still go after a deal but Carlo Ancelotti has indicated that the German is set to stay at Real Madrid.
The fact he recently rejected a contract leaves Arsenal with a dilemma; do they go for a short term option and try to sign Khedira in the winter or next summer or do they forget about the German and push on with plans to sign Carvalho?
Here’s what Arsenal fans make of the latest report.
Pls Wenger don't sign Carvalho frm Sporting Lisbon,he is nt that good.I watched him in World cup,he is not bullish, Khedira is the man.— Onyinye Pat Orjiako (@patoscar4sure) August 26, 2014
Price is not an excuse when we have a tank full of cash. As long as Sporting want to do business, we'll get Carvalho. Just matter of time.— Ilyas (@GoonersArmy) August 25, 2014