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Real Betis sporting director Antonio Cordon has played down speculation linking William Carvalho with a move to Premier League newcomers Norwich City, while speaking to El Desmarque. 

After soaring back to the big-time, the Canaries have certainly had their wings clipped.

Bottom of the table, eight goals conceded after two games, many at Carrow Road could be forgiven for fearing that the new campaign will quickly descend into a nightmare just like their last sojourn into the top flight. 

Then again, it seems unfair to judge Norwich on the back of admittedly heavy defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City – arguably the most feared sides in the country. 

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In Josh Sargent, Milot Rashica, Billy Gilmour, Pierre Lees-Melou and the exciting Christos Tzolis, Norwich also appear to have learned some valuable lessons from that ill-fated 2019 transfer window, reinforcing Daniel Farke’s squad with a mix of experience and exuberance.  

A dominant ‘number six’ is certainly the missing piece of Norwich’s jigsaw, however, and an approach for Portugal international William Carvalho makes perfect sense.

After all, Farke’s midfield is high on distributors but low on destroyers. 

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According to Sky Sports, initial talks have been held between the Canaries and Carvalho. 

Betis’s sporting director has poured some cold water on the raging fires of speculation, however, although the La Liga outfit would most definitely welcome the opportunity to cash in on a player who has been in and out of the side since Manuel Pellegrini’s appointment last year. 

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“Every day a lot of news comes out and a name appears with a different offer, but the reality is not usually that,” Cordon said when asked about Carvalho. 

AS did point out that Norwich might struggle to finance a deal for the Euro 2016 winner. Betis value former Sporting Lisbon enforcer Carvalho, who earns £40,000-a-week, at £18 million. 

Then again, Norwich were willing to splash out £15 million on FC Rostov’s Mathias Normann. Clearly, the Canaries have cash to splash and the ambition to back it up. 

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