Arsenal In ‘Deep Talks’ To Sign €35m Midfielder – Reports

By on August 25, 2014

According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Arsenal are in deep negotiations with Sporting Lisbon over the signing of midfielder William Carvalho.

We’ve been linked with the 22-year-old in recent weeks as Arsene Wenger looks to bring in a defensive midfielder before the window closes on the 1st September, but it now appears we’ve stepped up our interest.

O Jogo claim that Arsenal chiefs are in ‘deep talks’ with Sporting and the Portuguese clubs president Bruno de Carvalho has made it clear that he’s willing to accept a fee in the region of €35m – which is well below the players €45m buy-out clause.

It’s understood we had our opening €30m bid rejected as we wanted to pay in installments, but Sporting could be willing to do business at around €30m-€35m if we agree to pay a large proportion of the fee up front.

The problem is that an investment company own 40% of Carvalho’s economic rights so Sporting want as much money up front as they can get to help ease their financial problems.

O Jogo also report that Sporting have asked about the possibility of taking at least one player on loan as part of the deal, with Yaya Sanogo, Francis Coquelin, Serge Gnabry and Ryo Miyaichi all named as possibilities.

There’s virtually no chance we’ll let Sanogo leave on loan unless Arsene has plans to bring in another striker, but any of the other three could certainly leave on loan. Coquelin would be the obvious choice as he would be a replacement for Carvalho and has no future at Arsenal.

We’re now into the final week of the window and I hope we’re going to see Arsene make some late moves. But I don’t think we’ll commit to a big-money deal like Carvalho until after our Champions League qualification is assured, so it looks like we’ll be in for an exciting few days of the window if we can beat Besiktas on Wednesday.



  1. Ebuka

    August 25, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Am tiredf of wenger seriously i am

  2. rellends

    August 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    just give them coquelin and £20m up front.

  3. deabbey

    August 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Let us be patient and see what happens six days to go no DM/CB area which is needed to be strengthen not to talk of the CF if arsenal really want to challenge for titles this season. Finger crossed.

  4. Seteis

    August 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Why does Arsenal fc always involved I long talks & end up not getting the player ?its either you get the player or you don’t ,if the later u move on to Lars Bander or Louis Gustavo & There’s also an issue of a Striker & his waisting time on one play .whatsap with Wenger ?

  5. kennedy

    August 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    It will be lovly if it will happen dat way, I hop and pray dat Wenger will bring in another striker cos Giroud can’t do it all alone and we can’t be waiting second half 2 come b4 we start scoring. If trully he wants 2 sell Podolski fine, but we must get an xperince player like Reus or Di maria to fill dat gap, and also a DM lik Cavalho and a CB like Manolas with all 4 player we are done and can chalange 4 d trophies

  6. bode

    August 25, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    i hate wenger for delaying deals,may be he doesnt feel the kind of pains that we fans are facing .

  7. vince

    August 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    every fan is a coach this days.. do u tink transfers is like buying chicken from d market..if u want to support a team full of stars go to r madrid

  8. Jeff sebi

    August 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Wenger shd get ar dm,stricker en ar cb,manolas,cavani en gustavo wld be ar gud additn thx 2di funz

  9. chris

    August 26, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Let’s get diz carvaho,pliz wenger he haz de height,skill & very powerful den we ready 4 any challenge in de season

  10. Lugumire hussein

    August 26, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Pliz arsene wenger do us #fans en luis gustavo coz its the only number we are missing in order to compete for the titles

  11. chu

    August 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    wenger bear it in mind that arsenal wont see 1st fifth position talkless of wining the title without a new striker,DMF,CB…and it is remaining few days…please do sometin

  12. victor

    August 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Wenger is just our problem.he knws wot he needs 2 do at d ryt time.wenger plz giv us d striker n let d game began.

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