Sporting Lisbon break silence over £37million Manchester United target

Manchester United’s interest in Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho is one of footballs worst kept secrets. It is slowly making the transition from transfer story to transfer saga with a number of different figures being touted to grab the Portuguese midfield dynamo.

Today Lisbon have broken their silence with club director Augusto Ignacio claiming that, “the termination clause ensures a great deal for sporting” or in other words Carvalho will cost £37 million. This tough stance coupled with the fact that Carvalho’s agent is Jorge Mendes means the words are more than rhetoric.

Following Van Gaals capture of Ander Herrera for well over £30 million last week it seems a rather large price for an unproven player on the fringes of the Portugal national team. Sky sources maintain he is one very much on Van Gaals radar however unless a lower fee can be negotiated with Sporting it is likely United may consider more experienced options.