Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho is widely considered as one of the most promising young players in Europe.
The 22-year-old burst onto the scene last season with his impressive performances for the Portuguese club which saw them finish second in the Primeira Liga.
Manchester United and Arsenal were strongly linked with the defensive midfielder in the summer transfer window, but nothing concrete materialised.
Carvalho’s start to the 2014-15 campaign has not been exactly great, but the Portugal international has identified the areas he needs to work on and improve.
‘I’m 22, so I have some areas I need to improve: the defensive aspect, tactically and in winning the ball back’, the youngster told the Champions Magazine. ‘I have to train daily to make sure that I will improve’.
Carvalho’s honest and frank assessment of himself is refreshing, and he will indeed continue to grow and develop his game.
However, given that the Portuguese still has certain areas of his game to work on, should Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger make a move for him next summer?
The Premier League outfit are reportedly looking for a defensive midfielder, and there are suggestions that they could dip into the January transfer market.
Signing Carvalho, who is rated at £17.60 million by Transfermarkt.co.uk, in January may not be possible, but should Arsenal try to land him next summer?
It would depend on how much the 22-year-old improves, but what the Gunners need at this moment in time is someone who is already at the top of his game, not someone who is still developing.