Manchester United have been linked with making a surprise move for former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho by the Italian press today.
The veteran centre-back was one of the stars of Chelsea’s team prior to his departure from Stamford Bridge in 2010, but at the age of 36 he is in the twilight of his career now.
Since his departure from the Premier League, he has represented Real Madrid and Monaco, and United have obviously been impressed by his performances, if the reports are to be believed.
The rumours appear to surface from the fact that Jorge Mendes, the agent who guided through Angel di Maria’s switch to Old Trafford recently, also manages Carvalho.
The Red Devils are known to be on the hunt for a centre-back, but any move for Carvalho would come as a surprise.
Although his experience may be vital in what is a young United backline, he seems a considerable downgrade from the likes of Daley Blind and Mehdi Benatia, two defenders also linked with the Red Devils (the latter joined Bayern Munich earlier this week).
That said, Carvalho is an expert reader of the game and managed to play 38 times during the last Ligue 1 campaign with Monaco, where he showed that he can still be a vital member of the first team.
If he was to join United, then he would be required to use all his knowledge to deal with the scrutiny he would be under to fit straight in.
Louis van Gaal’s squad are under considerable pressure after a dire start to the season, and Carvalho’s experience could be seen as something that could help guide some of the younger members of United’s squad through a difficult period.
Still, it would be seen as a sign of desperation for recruitment in this area if he was to join between now and Monday's deadline and would unlikely be a move to fill United fans with confidence.