Liverpool are weighing up a swoop for Sporting Lisbon star midfielder William Carvalho in January, as reported by the Express via Tuttomercatoweb.
One of the most sought-after players in Europe, Carvalho has carved a niche for himself due to his impressive performances for the Portuguese outfit. The midfielder was chased by several sides during the summer of 2014 and that interest gathered pace this summer but Carvalho stayed put at Lisbon.
Now Liverpool are looking to bring in the midfielder following the recent injury to club captain Jordan Henderson and, with the Reds short of options in central midfield following Steven Gerrard’s departure at the end of last season, Brendan Rodgers is eyeing Carvalho.
Although it is claimed Arsenal are also interested in the influential midfielder but Liverpool hold the trump cards and could land Carvalho in January. The Portugal international played for his country during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil but could not prevent his country from an early exit.
The 23-year old also played for Sporting in the Champions League last term, as the Portuguese side failed to get out of the group after finishing third.
Following a knee injury to their first-choice defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could make do with Carvalho the most, as the withdrawal of Coquelin at half-time saw Arsenal concede 2 goals and lost to Chelsea on Saturday. But if the French boss finds it hard to sign Carvalho, other options like PSG’s Adrien Rabiot, Victor Wanyama of Southampton and Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender could be suitable.
It could mean no silverware for Arsenal if Wenger does not move to quickly find an ideal replacement for Coquelin.
If the Gunners fail to land Carvalho, Liverpool would no doubt be getting themselves a top quality midfielder who, at 23, has emerged as one of the best around.