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Reports: Is this $62 million man headed to Manchester United?

Mar 23, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

Sporting Lisboa's William Carvalho celebrates his goal against Porto during their Portuguese premier league soccer match in Porto Reuters

Several outlets have reports saying David Moyes has secured his first big signing of the offseason… in March?

William Carvalho has appeared twice for the Portugal national team and, according to a few reports, the 21-year-old Sporting Lisbon man is all set to be delivered to Manchester United after the World Cup for a crazy big of 37.5 million pounds (about $62 million).

Carvalho turns 22 in early April and was born in Angola. He’s scored thrice in 23 appearances for Lisbon, with loan spells at Portuguese lower division club Fatima and Cercle Brugge of the Belgian Pro League.

He’s got decent size at 6-foot-1 and, more importantly for United, possesses that $62 million release clause. Chelsea has also been linked with the midfielder, but apparently Moyes has struck first.

  1. dfstell - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Is it wrong that I rate him less knowing that Moyes wanted him? LOL….this is what it is coming to as a United fan.

  2. mianfr - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Haven’t they spent enough on disappointing, expensive midfielders already?

  3. bellerophon30 - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    That’s a lot of money for someone so unproven, with so few results. It’s what they payed for Juan Mata, who is a national team semi-regular who was Chelsea’s player of the year two years in a row.

    Leaving aside that the transfer kitty needs to be spent on the backline, the midfield problem can be solved with one declaration: Wayne Rooney committing to be an attacking midfielder. He’s fantastic at it, is now on what is likely his final long-term/big money contract, and it has the benefit of freeing up a spot for one of the others (Chicharito, Kagawa, Mata, Adnan, Welbeck…my God that’s a lot of guys for so few positions). It’s up to Rooney.

  4. 7sousa - May 14, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    He’s just the best defensive midfielder alive, and has potential to be the best in the football history. I saw him all season, and i hope he stays a little more in Sporting Clube de Portugal, one of the world’s greatest academy, (L.Figo, C.Ronaldo, Nani…), because i want him to win the Portuguese championship next year, and we’ll be on the Champions League.

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