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English newspaper The Daily Mirror is reporting that Manchester United are tracking the progress of Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

The English club have had a difficult start to the season and could strengthen their midfield by signing the promising 21-year old. According to unconfirmed sources, the club owners have agreed to give manager David Moyes £50 million to spend in January in order to improve results.

Carvalho’s current club, Sporting Lisbon have not commented on the report. He signed an extension with the club in the summer that expires in June of 2018. The contract includes a release clause of €45million.

Angolan-born Carvalho is a product of Sporting Lisbon’s distinguished academy which has also produced Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo. After graduating to the senior side in 2011, he completed loan spells at Fátima and Cercle Brugge in Belgium, before earning a starting position over the summer at Sporting.

Carvalho has played in defensive midfield so far this season. Cercle Brugge’s sporting director Ivan van Damme told Portuguese online publication A Bola in July that he is technically gifted and compared him to Manchester City’s Yaya Touré.

“He made great progress playing here [Cercle Brugge]. He is very strong, could play in every position in midfield, highly skilled and very capable physically. He has great quality and I know he will do well at Sporting,” van Damme said.

“He has qualities that are very similar to Yaya Touré, but has one key advantage. He is very young and will only continue to get better.”

Carvalho’s manager at the Belgian club Foeke Booy has said that he has the potential to evolve into an excellent ‘box-to-box’ midfielder.

“He is a powerful box-to-box midfielder, a player with enormous personality. I thought at Cercle, he was a player who was capable of great heights and it is only natural that he is doing the same thing at Sporting Lisbon,” Booy told Portuguese website O Jogo this Summer.

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William Carvalho has played a central role in Sporting Lisbon’s early season resurgence. The 21-year old has earned accolades because of his calm demeanour and strength in possession.

Carvalho has played in defensive midfield this season, supporting the back line as well as providing cover for Adrien Silva and Andre Martins to go forward and create opportunities. His excellent displays in pre-season earned him a starting role over Argentine Fito Rinaudo and many predict even greater things for him in the future.

A product of Sporting’s distinguished academy, Carvalho spent the previous camapign on loan in Belgium with Cercle Brugge. His manager at the club Foeke Booy has said that he could evolve into ‘a powerful box-to-box’ midfielder.

Former Sporting interim manager José Couceiro gave Carvalho his first invite to the senior club in 2011 and believes that he could be an option for Portugal as early as the next World Cup

“I think that William will be an option for the Mundial and it is always important for the Seleção to have options. Of course it is up to the manager to select the player or not, but he has already shown a tremendous amount of growth as a player. He has the character and attitude to continue to develop,” he said in a recent interview with A Bola.

In August, the young midfielder was included in Paulo Bento’s pre-squad ahead of a World Cup qualifying match against Northern Ireland and an international friendly against Brazil. Although he was left off the final squad, many believe that Carvalho has a very bright future with the Seleção.

Portugal has been without a ‘true’ defensive mdfielder for several years now. Paulo Bento has used former Sporting captain Miguel Veloso in the role since 2011 and he has performed it well, although the team has shown some defensive weaknesses during qualifying.

Carvalho signed an extension with Sporting in the summer that will see him under contract until June of 2018. The contract includes a release clause of €45million. He is represented by Pini Zahari.

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