Why Arsenal target William Carvalho has even more incentive to quit Sporting

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Arsenal midfield target William Carvalho faces having to work under a new boss if he stays at Sporting Lisbon.

William Carvalho faces even more of an uncertain future at Sporting Lisbon with the club preparing for life under their third coach in as many seasons.

Sporting have recently appointed former Benfica boss Jorge Jesus, who told MaisFutebol he felt Sporting valued him more highly than Benfica did.

Sporting finished third in the Primeira Liga last season, just one place lower than the previous year. It was Marco Silva's first campaign in charge, taking over from Leandro Jardim who left for AS Monaco last summer.

Carvalho may find the fresh start gives him new impetus to remain with Sporting, but surely more likely it will continue to show him his long term future is not with a club who themselves are in a cycle of change.

The midfielder has a release clause of £37 million in his contract, but Sporting still have an option at their disposal to accept a lesser bid.

Jorge Jesus told Portuguese newspaper Record that he intends to keep Carvalho, but such words will be hollow promises if his release clause is met.

The Sun reported a fortnight ago that Arsenal were renewing their pursuit of his signature, with the defensive midfielder a long term target for the club.

Carvalho recently impressed at the UEFA European under-21 Championships, voted as the tournament's best player, with his Portugal side losing the final to Sweden on penalties.

The club's decision to take a new direction will put his own future at a crossroads, and it will be even easier for him to now consider a clean break now the club he should return to have a more unfamiliar feel.

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