Moyes has to fight in order to sign €45 million Carvalho after Sporting insist he won’t leave in January

by Sam Peoples

Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho has said that the club has no intention of selling William Carvalho in the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been watched by Manchester United scouts all season in what has been a stunning breakthrough year for Carvalho that has seen him help Sporting to the top of the league as well as earn his first international call-up.

After such extensive scouting, there could have been potential offer from United but De Carvalho has poured cold water on the possibility of him leaving Portugal in January.

“We are not interested in the exit of this player,” De Carvalho told Record.

Carvalho has been a central figure in Sporting’s title push this season and they are currently on top of the table with second placed Benfica and third placed FC Porto set to play each other this weekend.

At 21, Carvalho is very young but his box-to-box style, combined with boundless energy, would make him an ideal signing. However, De Carvalho has insisted that he will not be lured away in the winter break and given that Sporting are in the middle of a title battle, it is unlikely Carvalho would want to leave to.

However, money talks and United really need to bring in some new players to strengthen the squad in January. If Moyes wanted him he could pay his €45 million release clause but given that this is his first season of senior football that won’t happen and unfortunately, a move in the summer after the World Cup would probably be more realistic. 

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