Portuguese newspaper Record has hinted that Sporting Lisbon president Bruno Carvalho could use a Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester to lay the groundwork for the eventual sale of Arsenal and Manchester United linked William Carvalho.
The holding midfielder was strongly connected with a move to both Premier League giants during the summer transfer window and reports persist that the interest will be maintained through to the winter.
Bruno de Carvalho is giving a talk on how to run a successful club at the convention but could take advantage of the presence of other specific coaches at the event.
“The green and white leader will use this event to promote various contacts, some of which will possibly be decisive for future negotiations or partnerships,” reports Record.
Among those attending the event in Manchester happens to be Manchester United assistant boss Ryan Giggs.
Giggs is well placed to represent United and the thoughts of Louis van Gaal should United be interested in the Portuguese star.
However, other reports have suggested that United are keen on a deal for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, who would prefer to be LvG’s preferred January target in midfield.
Liverpool’s CEO Ian Ayre is also expected to be in attendance, which could also provide the Reds with a chance to build some contracts ahead of the winter and provide some competition to Arsenal and United for his signing.
However, Brendan Rodgers showed his hand earlier in the summer when he urged the club to complete the £10 million signing of Emre Can, who plays in the same position as Carvalho.
United are well placed financially to make a move but if their priority is Strootman, Arsenal, Liverpool or any other side could form some strong links at this event which could turn out to be vital by January.