According to The Sun, Arsenal have made a fresh £28.5 million offer for Sporting Lisbon’s highly-rated defensive midfielder William Carvalho.
The Portuguese international is currently in the Czech Republic with his nation’s U21 side and thoroughly impressed during their recent 1-0 European Championship win over England.
At 23, he has evidently outgrown his country’s youth team ability-wise, and plenty of observers feel that he is ready to move on from Portugal and onto one of Europe’s elite clubs.
The Gunners have long been admirers of the youngster, and after having a previous offer rejected they have now upped their bid as they look to bring in that elusive top quality defensive midfielder.
“Arsenal have tabled a fresh £28.5million bid for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho. And the Gunners could get their man if they stump up a further £8.5m in add-ons to trigger the Portugal midfielder’s £37m release clause,” the report in The Sun states.
Is William Carvalho the missing piece in Arsenal’s title bid?
Following their impressive run towards the end of last season, the Gunners were every bit as good as Premier League champions Chelsea but doubts remain over the strength in depth.
Central midfield has been an area of much concern for years, and although Francois Coquelin’s inclusion evidently improved the team he has little in terms of competition for a first-team place.
Last season, the Angola-born enforcer made 28 Portuguese top-flight starts and helped the club achieve an impressive 76 points, their highest tally for a number of years.
Carvalho will not only strengthen the Gunners in that midfield area, but owing to his and Coquelin’s young age they have the making of a long-term partnership with the potential to really dominate.