There have been numerous reports in the press this morning that Liverpool representatives have jetted into Lisbon to hold negotiations over a possible transfer deal for William Carvalho. This has also been confirmed in the Portuguese press.
Whilst over the winter transfer window we have been linked with several players, it’s the first time we’ve heard of any real attempt from Liverpool to negotiate. Jurgen Klopp has been scouring the market for midfield reinforcements and Carvalho, among others, have emerged as a possible target for the German.
As reported earlier in the month Jurgen Klopp was to be handed £40m to boost his squad and Liverpool have shown strong interest in;
- Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt
- RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg
- Spartak Moscow’s Quincy Promes
- Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic
- Midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud from Borussia Mönchengladbach
Carvalho is a product of Sporting’s famous youth academy and has made 136 appearances for Sporting Lisbon since first playing in 2011, but has been consistently linked with a move to the Premier League in recent seasons.
Reports actually suggest representatives of the club are already in talks with Sporting director Bruno de Carvalho over a potential deal for the Portugal international. Carvalho, who won Euro 2016 with Portugal in the summer, has been linked for a while with Arsenal, but it seems Liverpool are now favourites to sign him the highly-rated 24-year-old midfielder.
How would he fit in at Liverpool?
Carvalho is a holding midfielder and frequenty compared to Patrick Vieira, which would explain why Arsenal have been linked to him far a while. He would fit in nicely with Klopp’s tactics as his preferred position is as a single holding midfielder in a three-man midfield. He’s also able to play as a centre-back. With a strong physical presence, his great anticipation means he doesn’t commit many fouls. His ability to read the game and to position himself in the right place allows him to recover quickly and block passes and crosses into the area. Once receiving the ball he’s not afraid to run at the opponents, this allows the players in front of him to charge forward and outnumber the defenders.
Liverpool will need to pay top money to get his signature as Sporting are eeportedly demanding a fee of around £26million for their prized possession.