It’s one of the ongoing sagas of the transfer window in England. Whilst Arsenal have already done some really good business in the market, will they sign the player that they require the most? Namely, a commanding holding midfielder.
Arsene Wenger is not just a clever man but a football legend so surely he understands the need for such a player at Arsenal.
And reports today suggests that the penny may have dropped and that Arsenal are trying to negotiate for a very good one.
The Daily Mail says:
Arsenal remain interested in Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.
Sporting are ready to cash in on the 22-year-old, who has been a target of Manchester United in the past, but Arsene Wenger is reluctant to pay his £37m buy-out clause.
The Portuguese media reported on Monday that the Gunners were ready to splash the cash again this summer but only want to pay £24m.
Arsenal have been persistently linked with William Carvalho and Sami Khedira. Whilst the latter offers guaranteed quality, Carvalho would represent a higher risk signing.
But he has all of the raw materials to succeed in The Premier League – he’s quick-witted, passes the ball beautifully and likes to keep things pacey and simple. He’s also got a fantastic engine and is wonderful in the tackle with those long legs.
At just 21 years of age, even if things go pear shaped for Carvalho at Arsenal, the club can expect to recoup a decent amount of cash. So the initial outlay can be largely offset. But we think that £37m is obviously a huge amount and Arsenal need to do a deal based on performances.
What is for sure, is that they cannot rely on About Diaby, who is the most natural holding midfielder in the Arsenal squad at present.
We really do hope, for Diaby’s sake, that his injury problems are now behind him. But there are very few guarantees with a player who has been crocked so persistently over the last five years.
Let’s see Carvalho in action. Arsenal fans: Carvalho or Khedira?