Good news from Portugal if Arsenal still want William Carvalho

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Sporting Lisbon have made a decision that could ensure reported Arsenal target William Carvalho's move away from the club is far simpler.

Arsenal may just have received a major boost in their reported pursuit of Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola reports that Sporting’s president Bruno de Carvalho has announced the purchase of a number of players in their entirety, following previous issues of co-ownership.

One such player is William, whose ownership was previously split between his club and Sporting Portugal Fund.

When Arsenal were linked with a move for William last summer, the Telegraph reported that the fact Sporting only had a 60 per cent share in the player made any move to the Emirates far more problematic.

However, it is now being reported that during financial restructuring Sporting purchased the remaining 40 per cent, meaning they now have sole ownership of the 22-year-old.

The reported Arsenal target still has a release-clause of £37.5million, but with Sporting now owning him outright there could be more space for negotiation should Arsenal remain interested in the defensive midfielder.

Gunner boss Arsene Wenger recently hinted that he had tried to sign such a player in the summer and although there is no telling if it was William, the simple fact that his club now own him outright has removed one potential stumbling block should Arsenal come calling either in January or next summer.

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