Reported Manchester United, Arsenal target William Carvalho described as Pirlo with power

William Carvalho has been winning plaudits with his Portugal under-21 displays.

Arsenal and Manchester United transfer target William Carvalho's performances at the European under-21 Championships are winning him great praise.

He has helped Portugal reach the final of the competition, notably with a 5-0 thrashing of Germany in the semi-finals.

Dutch magazine Voetball International has taken it a step further, describing the Sporting Lisbon ace as 'Pirlo with power'.

Any comparison to AC Milan, Juventus and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo is high praise, especially one which adds a new level to his talent.

Carvalho has looked like a man among boys at the tournament, and as an eligible 23-year-old, he has used all his experience to help his side to the cusp of a trophy.

Portugal face Sweden in the final on Tuesday night, but for the midfielder, his inclusion has been an overwhelming success.

The Sun reported last week that Arsenal have submitted a fresh offer for the star, who has a £37 million release clause in his contract, also claiming that Manchester United are still monitoring developments.

Prior to the championships Sporting were struggling to find any club willing to meet those demands, but if the adulation is anything to go by, Carvalho is unlikely to remain on their books for very long.

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