Report: Marco Silva wants William Carvalho reunion at Everton; could pay £25m

Watford manager Marco Silva looks on  during the pre-season friendly match between AFC Wimbledon and Watford at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Kingston upon Thames,...

Marco Silva worked with William Carvalho at Primeira Liga giants Sporting Lisbon and a reunion could be on the cards at Everton in the Premier League.

Portugal's midfielder William Carvalho attends a training session ahead of the Russia 2017 Confederation Cup football tournament in Kazan on on June 16, 2017.

Rumours linking William Carvalho with a move to Everton just aren’t going away.

A Bola reported earlier in May that the Portuguese international midfielder was keen to leave Sporting Lisbon this summer after spending his entire career to date at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

It was understood that Everton have held talks with Carvalho, who has a £40 million release clause in his contract but could be available for a little less than that this summer.

Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho from Portugal  during the Five Violins Trophy match between Sporting CP and AC Fiorentina at Estadio Jose Alvalade on July 29, 2017 in Lisbon,...

And new reports in A Bola have added more weight to the claims that Carvalho could be playing his football on Merseyside next season.

Because Marco Silva, who is expected to be announced as Everton’s new manager sooner rather than later, is a big fan of the 26-year-old and wants to make the powerhouse one of his first new signings at Goodison Park.

Silva is a big fan of Carvalho, A Bola adds, and knows him well from his short stay in the Sporting dugout.

Sporting's head coach Marco Silva (L) and midfielder William Silva de Carvalho listen to a question during a press conference at Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on November 4, 2014 on the eve...

The 40-year-old was manager of the Lisbon giants during the 2014/15 season and Carvalho played 42 games in all competitions, helping Sporting win the Taca de Portugal trophy at the end of the campaign.

Interestingly, A Bola reports that another former Sporting manager, Leonardo Jardim, is in the race to sign him too with his Monaco side in need of a replacement for the Liverpool-bound Fabinho.

It is understood that Everton could pay around £25 million for Carvalho.

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch