£30m seems to be one of the most popular fees in the Premier League at the moment. Will it be enough to prise William Carvalho away from Sporting Lisbon? Everton are one of many clubs interested in the player, so let’s check out a potential move.
He could be facing another, considering that Leicester City and Southampton are said to be in the hunt for the Portuguese defensive midfielder.
It leaves Everton in a tricky position, made more evident as they’re clearly trying to reinforce in a key area of the pitch. An index score of 3.9 (out of 5) shows that sources are reasonably legitimate, but they seem to be having difficulty settling on a price.
Rumours originating from Portugal suggest that the Toffee’s value the player at £17m, which is a lot lower than the clubs estimate of the player, or his £37m release clause.
The report suggests that they would be willing to listen to deals worth at least £29m or more, which means there could be difficulty when it comes to finding common ground.
The Liverpool Echo reports that Everton are also interested in signing a number of players from Juventus, with Daniele Rugani, Simone Zaza and Roberto Pereyra supposedly in the mix as the Italian club aims to fund a bid for the irrepressible Gonzalo Higuain.
With a deal for Witsel seemingly out of the picture, Koeman must have thought that he’s picked an easier option when he realigned his targets.
Carvalho has seen his stock rise rapidly in recent years, after he was named as the player of the tournament during the 2015 European U21 Championships.
He settled at Sporting Lisbon following a loan spell at Cercle Brugge, where he spent two years honing his skills while he was still a teenager. He came back to his parent club in 2013-14, and joined the first XI ever since.
He earned his first cap in 2013, and featured heavily in the squad that recently won Euro 2016. Given his decent showing, it’s going to make it harder still for the Toffees to get him at a cut-price rate.
Coupled with his club experience, it’s clear to see why interest is so high in the 24-year-old. He’d make for a great addition as long as he isn’t expected to go the work of two men, though expectations should be tempered accordingly. (In spite of the price, the player is still a defensive midfielder.)
Carvalho has been linked with a move to some of the larger Premier League teams in the past, including Manchester United and Arsenal. If you weren’t impressed during Euro 2016, here’s a highlight reel from a recent season at Sporting to refresh your memory.
They’re said to have at least £100m to spend on players thanks to new owner Farhad Moshiri, so it comes down to value, as well as the overall impact a player could have on a squad.
The owner wants the club to sign a marquee player during the window, as a clear statement of intent under the new boss. They’re rumoured to be working on multiple deals as of now.
At this moment in time, it’s hard to say whether Carvalho will make a move. If he doesn’t join Everton, he’s sure to get a big money deal from one of his suitors if he carries on producing the goods, but it could end up being seen as a chance missed by the Toffees.
Signing one of the best young defensive midfielders in Europe would be a canny move, and it could be a good deal considering his age and the fact that he doesn’t get injured very often.
Then again, just because they could pay £30m+, doesn’t mean they should.
It’ll cost a lot for Premier League clubs to sign players this season, though it’s worth noting that over the past few years Nemanja Matic moved to Chelsea for £21m, Fernando to Man City for £21m, and Mohamed Elneny cost Arsenal under £8m.
Defensive midfielders don’t always break the bank, but on the other hand, Kante did cost Chelsea £32m. If he does move, it’ll be interesting to compare the two £30m destroyers.
Carvalho is slower than the blisteringly quick Kante, but he does have a better range of passing to offer the team. He’s a calming presence on the ball, and he would be sure to bring a touch of class to a position that tends to rely on strength and tackling more than anything.
It could be a great deal, but it does seem like the asking price is higher than Everton are willing to pay. The problem is, other clubs are keeping tabs on the player, so they could end up losing out once again.