Moyes suffers midfielder setback as Carvalho won’t join Manchester United in January

by Sam Peoples

Sporting Lisbon have ruled out the possibility of letting any players leave in January in order to help their title charge in Portugal.

For the first time in nine years, Sporting are in first place in the league and they have no intention of letting any players leave unless a ‘ridiculous offer’ is made.

The news will be a blow to David Moyes as he has been sending scouts to watch Carvalho since October and would have been thoroughly impressed by his progression all the way to being one of Sporting’s most highly rated talents.

However, Sporting decided that there will be no sales in January and that they will continue to fight for the title.

“The club is leading the division for the first time in nine years and we are determined to fight for the title.

“Only if a ridiculous offer is put in for a player will it be studied.”

If Sporting had absolutely no intention of selling Carvalho, why would they mention that a ‘ridiculous offer’ would be studied? They want to sell at the best price to help their financial troubles. Bruno de Carvalho’s words sound hollow. 

The progress of 21-year-old Carvalho from first team fringe player to a guaranteed starter when fit who has since gone on to make his international debut is phenomenal in such a short space of time, something which has contributed to him being one of the most coveted young talents in Europe.

Whether he will join in January remains to be seen but it unlikely that Bruno de Carvalho’s statement will put Moyes off chasing his man if he wants him.

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