Ahead of what promises to be one of the busiest summers in club history, Manchester City are linked with an almost record number of targets. Agents across Europe will be scurrying to offer their clients to City chiefs, with players eager to work with famed tactician Pep Guardiola.
One name linked with City on a few different occasions recently is Sporting CP midfielder, William Carvalho, a 24-year-old midfield powerhouse who was part of the Portugal side that beat France to win Euro 2016 last year.
The Daily Mail reported in December that City had identified Carvalho as a potential replacement for Yaya Touré in midfield, due to his strength and ability to play a high number of accurate passes per game.
In an interesting move, Carvalho ditched the famous super-agent, Jorge Mendes, signing up with the agency of Pep Guardiola’s brother, Pere Guardiola, which further fueled rumours of a summer move to the Etihad.
Other clubs have been linked with Carvalho and Sporting are open to finally selling one of their most prized assets this summer, according to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo. To raise funds, they hope to obtain a total of €55 million from the sales of Carvalho and teammate Adrien Silva.
Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho is ‘available to negotiate’ the transfers of both players and is willing to accept €30 million (£26 million) for Adrien and €25 million (£21.7 million) for William. Some would see this as a very reasonable price considering some of the transfer fees of late, but only Pep and his staff know if William is the right fit as he looks to make major changes to the Manchester City squad.
What do you reckon? Would William Carvalho be a good signing for the Blues? Here is some footage of him in action: