Arsenal’s chances of getting the signature of Sporting Lisbon midfielder, William Carvalho look to have hit the rocks as the player has rather chosen to extend his stay with the Portuguese giants. The box-to-box midfielder is said to be close to putting pen to paper for a new deal that will keep in Lisbon until 2018, putting any hopes of any club signing him beyond doubt.
The Portugal international was a subject of a transfer speculation to the Emirates, with the North London side preparing a 33 million-Pound bid for his services. They might have to look in other directions as that is almost no longer possible once he agrees a new deal with the Portuguese club.
Carvalho has emerged as one of Europe’s best midfielders since his arrival at Lisbon in 2011, but has had his share of time on the sidelines due to injuries. His most recent one being in July when he returned to Lisbon for the Pre-season trainings. The long-term injury also brings a hindrance to an Arsenal January transfer, and even if that is put out of the way, the new deal will see the Gunners spend considerably more due to a new buyout clause higher than the former.
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The midfielder is a key member of coach Jorge Jesus’ starting lineup, and after having broken into the first team following time away between 2011 and 2013 on loan, luring him away from a side where he is guaranteed regular football time is all the more difficult.
A William Carvalho in Arsenal will see him slog it out with an highly on-form Francis Coquelin. Coquelin has grown to become the heart of Arsenal’s defensive midfield following him time on loan away from Emirates, and he has been in blistering form ever since last season, when he was adjudged as the best defensive midfielder all over Europe.
The team recently defeated Bayern Munich 2 – 0 during the week in the Champions League, and the defensive midfield isn’t a problem for them right now despite failing to bring in an outfield player in Summer. Pursuing Carvalho might not be necessary in the long-run.