4 Feb 2016

Liverpool MegaDeal? Liverpool still tracking 'extraordinary' €60m destroyer who 'dreams' of transfer to England

The January transfer window may be closed, but the rumours just keep on coming, and new reports today suggest that Liverpool are still keen to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

According to Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato:

"William Carvalho is being tracked by several prestigious clubs, including Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd, Roma, PSG and Monaco".

Liverpool have been linked with the allegedly 'extraordinary' Carvalho many times over the years, but if the Reds want to sign him in the summer, it'll almost certainly be an expensive prospect. Tutto Mercato further claims:

"Carvalho has just received a renewal offer from Sporting Lisbon, which will raise his release clause from from €45m to €60m".

Recent transfer timeline:

* Aug 2015: Tutto Mercato claimed: "Liverpool are favourites to sign William Carvalho...who could continue his career in England ".

* Sep 2015: Liverpool scouts reportedly flew to Portugal to watch Carvalho.

Carvalho definitely wants a move, and he's confirmed this on two separate occasions in the last year:

* Jan 2015: Carvalho reporters: "hope one day to play in the best leagues in the world. If I continue to do my job as I have done so, it will certainly come sooner or later."

* June 2015: Carvalho confirmed: “My dream is to play in England. I know some clubs are interested, but my agent Jorge [Mendes] is looking after it and I am relaxed.”

Hypothetically, if the Reds spend €60m+ on Carvalho (and break the club's transfer record), where does that leave Emre Can? Clubs don't spend that kind of money for a bench-warmer, and if LFC sign Carvalho, then Liverpool will have six senior midfielders (including Marko Grujic) fighting it out for two - or possibly three - places.

It's possible that one of either Lucas or Allen may leave in the summer, but even if that happens, I don't see how Klopp can keep all the central midfielders happy.

If Liverpool spend big bucks on Carvalho (or indeed any other central midfielder), it will arguably be a vote of no-confidence in Can. After all, why spend the money if Can is the long-term solution?

A top-class DM is no guarantee of success, though. Just look at Chelsea; statistically, Nemanja Matic is one of Europe's best performing defensive-midfielders, but even he hasn't been able to stop Chelsea's downward spiral this season.

Still, I'd take Carvalho over Can and Lucas in a heartbeat.

Author: Jaimie K


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