Rafa Benitez wants Arsenal-linked William Carvalho at Real Madrid - report

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The new Los Blancos’ boss has identified the Portuguese enforcer as a quality addition, according to the Spanish press.

Rafa Benitez is keen to add talented Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho to his squad before the transfer window closes, AS reports.

The Portugal international has been a reported long-term target for Arsenal, as per The Guardian, with the North Londoners seemingly keeping a very close eye on the bullish enforcer.

However, AS state that Madrid are ready to end the Gunners’ chances of landing William, with a move for the midfielder in the offing before the end of the summer transfer window.

With Lucas Silva set for a loan move and Asier Illarramendi apparently seen as surplus to requirements, the Portuguese star would surely bolster Madrid’s already star-studded midfield contingent.

A section of the Arsenal fans have consistently called for Arsene Wenger to add a high-quality defensive midfielder to the Gunners squad, with the Emirates Stadium outfit not possessing a world beater in the position since the days of Patrick Vieira.

Francis Coquelin has emerged as an excellent option in the boiler room over the last six months, but should the Frenchman be unavailable or injured, Arsenal would lack physicality in the heart of their team.

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