Jose Mourinho is reportedly keeping a close watch on developments regarding William Carvalho, with reports suggesting that the new united manger is set to enter the race to sign the midfielder.
Carvalho is valued at nearly €45m by his club Sporting Lisbon, but it is thought that the Portuguese side would accept an offer slightly lower than that in €35m before the transfer window slams shut.
The 24-year-old only recently signed a new deal at the Estadio Jose Alvalade extending his contract at the club till 2020. However in signing that deal a buy-out clause of €45m was inserted into his contract, meaning should any club trigger the release clause they would be free to make moves to sign the player.
Carvalho has spent the past five seasons at Sporting Lisbon becoming a first team regular in the Sporting side and has featured for Portugal at International level.
Portuguese newspaper record suggests that Manchester United are interested in Carvalho and that they are considering making a move for him before the end of the window.
The Portuguese midfielder has been long linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United in particular been heavily linked with the player. For years now Carvalho has been associated with the Old Trafford club without any real form of proper contact ever been made between the clubs.
A move for Carvalho now would be an unlikely one. Following the world record arrival of Paul Pogba combined with Mourinho’s already handsome looking midfield options in Schneiderlin, Herrera, and Michael Carrick, to add another new face to the centre of midfield would only create problems rather than solve them.
At this moment there is simply no room for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder in the Manchester United side. With Paul Pogba and Morgan Schneiderlin likely to be first choice, and Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick been the clubs second choice midfield pairing, it would leave Carvalho struggling to even make the substitutes bench.
For a footballer with so much talent and potential to make the move to Old Trafford right now would be crazy, not just on the players part but on the clubs part also. United do not need any more central midfielders, whilst for Carvalho there will no doubt be other reasonable options out there if he wishes to leave Sporting Lisbon. For both parties this deal would make no sense.