Reports in the Portuguese paper O Jogo claim this morning that Arsenal ‘deep’ in talks with Sporting over the transfer of William Carvalho.
As usual, Sport Witness have got to the nuts and bolts of it, and say that Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho is willing to accept an offer around the €30m mark, which is a reduction on his previous stance.
However, that may be because the Portuguese club want, or are ready, to accept Arsenal players as part of the deal. Whether this is on a permanent or loan basis is unknown, but the paper reports that Francis Coquelin, Ryo Miyaichi, Yaya Sanogo and Serge Gnabry are all potential candidates.
Meanwhile, suggestions that Arsenal might sell Lukas Podolski to Wolfsburg have re-animated links with Brazilian midfield Luis Gustavo.
But, having moved for €20m last summer, and off the back of an indifferent World Cup because he now wears a really terrible moustache, it’s unlikely that Arsene Wenger will meet the reported €25m release clause.