Arsenal Close In On Fifth Summer Signing – Reports

By on August 4, 2014

It seems Arsenal are closing in on their fifth signing of the summer with reports today claiming we are expected to agree a €30m deal for William Carvalho.

The Portuguese midfielder has emerged as a key target for Arsene Wenger in recent weeks after we failed to agree personal terms with Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.

Reports suggested that we initially enquired about the 22-year-old earlier in the summer but were told by Sporting Lisbon that they wanted the full value of his €46m (£37m) buy-out clause.

However, the situation appears to have changed with reports last week claiming that Sporting have accepted they have to sell Carvalho to help ease their financial problems, while the investment company who own 60% of the midfielders economic rights is also keen to sell.

This news has once again alerted Arsenal with reports in Portugal from newspaper O Jogo claiming we are ready to table a €30m (£24m) bid and the paper believes this offer will be accepted as we are prepared to pay the full amount up front.

Once the €30m bid is accepted, we should have no problem agreeing personal terms as Carvalho is believed to still only be on around £5,000-a-week at Sporting as he’s yet to agree a new deal, so it looks like we’re closing in on our fifth signing of the summer.

If these reports prove to be accurate then Carvalho would be an excellent signing and he’d certainly fill a huge void in our team as he’s a real defensive midfield powerhouse who would be able to protect the back-four.

He doesn’t have the big-game experience of someone like Khedira, but at 22 he’s still got plenty of time to improve further and I could see him forming a fearsome partnership alongside the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere for years to come.

Let’s see how things develop over the coming days but I personally hope these reports are true and we can get a deal agreed for the player. Then, all we need is to find a replacement for Vermaelen, if he leaves, and we’ll be set.


  1. Ebuka

    August 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Dat will be a gud signing bt i want to say dis as an arsenal fan nd smebody dat says wat he sees.wilshere do nt have an arsenal future.and ramsey will leave next season but it will be a lot of money.carzola is gud bt we need to be looking for his replacement.he is dulling.

    • Michael Staley

      August 4, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      What are your grounds for believing that Ramsey will leave?

    • nick

      August 5, 2014 at 6:39 am

      Wilshere will not leave arsenal anytime soon, nor will Ramsey

    • Olajide Adedayo

      August 5, 2014 at 11:03 am

      @Ebuka, With the current Arsenal’s moves in transfer market,not only Ramsey but also the entire Arsenal FC brand will greatly improve, be in high demand across Europe & win trophies. So I don’t see any team any where,not even Real Madrid, being able to attract our players easily,moreso dt experiences of Fabregas,Alex Song,Hleb etc have shown dt grass is not always greaner at at d other side as it looks. So akuna matata.

  2. Anania Nigussie

    August 4, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Dats all arsenal need. But still I have question on giroud

    • herbs

      August 4, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      I don’t rate giroud at all. Too slow. Yes he had a decent season but goes missing too much in games.

  3. Omoboriowo tope

    August 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Our summer sign is not complete until we sign new centre defence. Pls mr wenger let us do good busines in this transfer window. I sugest we should have mercy on Alex song is an optision player now that we have short man @ our defensive area. Song is an optision player as i was sayin b4 who can play as a defender or defensive medefilder

  4. bagonza karasani

    August 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    mr.wenger bring alex song back

  5. success man

    August 4, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I plead arsnal shoul concider song,it can b useful in dm.pls mr wenger

  6. Saintjay

    August 5, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Arsenal also need is a quality striker. luk @ falcao 4instance,he’s gud in d air, he’s fast ,skilful,& he score’s goals 2compare 2giroud, not fast,not skilful,can not take aplayer one on one. if arsenal ‘ll depend on him,they should prepare 4 much disappointment dis season , b/c he’ll disappoint dem.

  7. olaitan nurudeen

    August 5, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Mr wenger pls wil a 2 quality player in dis week,such as defence midfielder nd striker.pls mr wenger sign player 4 us

  8. olaitan nurudeen

    August 5, 2014 at 3:11 am

    We need 2 quality player. Mr wenger sign player 4 us

  9. Simon

    August 5, 2014 at 4:54 am

    We still need a backup 4 position 3 , a defensive midfielder and a competence striker 4 us to compete favourably

  10. eddy

    August 5, 2014 at 8:15 am

    we need a striker pls

  11. Leo Eka

    August 5, 2014 at 8:26 am

    i c alot ov deadwood n dt arsenal side ov ours….f no formidable additions a made…i c us backsliding……wengers recent signings show dt he (mr wenger) z only scheming 4 dt no.4 spot nathn more……….d teams weak areas 4rm last season have nt been improved/strengthened….our Dmidfield z nt robust/competitive simply timid n dis z gonna cost us again n d new season…….
    arteta-flamini-wilshire ol dont deserve 2 start/play agame ov footbal n any title contending team…….wel i wil leave d rest 2

    • Baldy

      August 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      What are you talking about?!? You are one saying Arsenal are going to go backwards! Wish fans would just be happy with the summer transfers we have done, instead fans like yourself make stupid comments and asking to bring in all the best players from Football Manager?

  12. obadan emmanuel

    August 5, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Good job wenger,u are really trying this time,but we still need a prolific striker,a very smart nd shape strike,den go for DM like khedira or carvalho,if posible another central back,den we ar gud to goo.up Gunners

  13. widson

    August 5, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Plz mr wenger sign dm and astricker for us.

  14. fletcher

    August 5, 2014 at 9:11 am

    mr wenger get read ov giroud plz, we need a really striker.

  15. Ajicson Ak

    August 5, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Please Wenger We Need Dm&a Striker Only To Kill De Gaint Teams This Season&trophes Will Not Miss Us

  16. mohamed macauley

    August 5, 2014 at 10:17 am

    pls loan/sell giroud and sign a prolific stricker, a backup 4 position 3, and a Dmildfielder. Pls mr wenger.

  17. Godfirst Chibuzor

    August 5, 2014 at 10:59 am

    pls wenger we need DMF and hotstriker. and pls let us forgive song and accepet he back for arsenal he is good..

  18. steve gonzalex

    August 5, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I dnt c wenger signing a striker…all we need is dm…nd a CB.,because sanchez can explode upfront if giroud dos nt pick up….expecially wen walcott comes bak to first team training.

  19. Peter

    August 5, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Is Wenger reading these?

  20. Gidsilva

    August 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    All ur pleadin & wishes wenger or giroud dosent see it ya rather wastin ur tym u dnt knw modarn the coach UP GUNNERS!!!

  21. Plsspell

    August 5, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Can people spell ? Hurts my head reading these comments.


    August 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I think am the strongest arsenal fan if i may say in uganda b’se it’s in my DNA, I Love dat news and i pray that it happens for cavalho and we get hummels plus one highly rated striker with good work rate like costa we shall definately be champions more than once this season. Gud luck.

  23. Nsidibe Marcus

    August 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    If wenger did not see all this suggestion, I have his number I will forward it to him up gunners

  24. newton mugangai

    August 5, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    i think u arsenal fans should change!acheni kulalamika.thank God kroenke amefunguka!gooner 4 ly

  25. Mickey Vela

    August 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    if will d pend on our stupid front Mr ”G”, or wht eva, are nt going to get anytin ds season, i pray we av strika and midfilda,……

  26. John Fash

    August 5, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    It will be better for Mr Wenger to sell/loan Girud and bring in better striker. If possible, he should bring back Song or sign another strong MF. Then, the replacement for Vermalin should be a VERY good one, who can stop any striker in the world. Gunner till I die

  27. Medi Ndeke

    August 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Wenger Should sell Giroud and bring in both Khedira and Cavallho. Arsenal will win more trophys.

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