According to Portuguese newspaper Record, Everton are interested in hijacking Real Betis' move for Sporting midfielder William Carvalho – but need to offload midfielders first.
Sporting have endured a bizarre summer, as after an attack from the club's fans at the training ground, a host of players decided to terminate their contracts with the Portuguese giants.
Rui Patricio has moved on to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Gelson Martins is set for Atletico Madrid, and William Carvalho is expected to seal a move imminently too.
Record report that Carvalho is close to joining Spanish side Real Betis, but there is late interest from Everton as they consider a last-gasp move to hijack his move to Andalusia.
However, it's claimed that Everton need to offload midfielders first before they can launch a bid for Carvalho, and that may just mean that the Toffees don't have enough time to sell and then get in with an offer before Betis sign him.
The likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Muhamed Besic and Davy Klaassen have all been linked with moves away, and the Toffees seemingly need one of them to move on quickly in order to try and sign Carvalho.
Carvalho played under new Everton boss Marco Silva at Sporting, and a reunion would certainly make sense, but the Toffees may simply be too late to secure the Portuguese powerhouse, who would be a smart addition alongside Idrissa Gueye in midfield.
Carvalho, 26, is a calm and composed defensive midfielder with a decent passing range, and whilst he has been accused of being slow in the past, he can protect a back four, and he would be a superb signing for Everton - if they can make room for his arrival.
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