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Manchester United Transfer News: Manchester United In Talks To Sign William Carvalho From Sporting Lisbon

By Christopher Arnfield - Posted: 03/12/14 11:09AM UTC
William Carvalho Old Trafford bound?

Manchester United in talks with Sporting over Carvalho transfer. (Photo: Reuters / Chris Arnfield BA, BSc)

Whilst the debate will continue about David Moyes management of Manchester United, he is, at least, learning fast from previous mistakes as he and Ed Woodward have started talks early with Sporting Lisbon over the proposed transfer of William Carvalho.

Moyes knows that the eyes of the world will be on him this summer as he tries to revamp a tired looking Manchester United side. Regardless of the calamities which have befallen him and his team this season, he knows that he must make wholesale changes to the team, or sink into obscurity.

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To be fair to Moyes, he inherited a team which somehow managed to win the Premier League by a massive 11 points last season, moreover, they coasted the last six games! However, that masked hidden problems which have no surfaced, like the performances of players like Anderson, Cleverley, Young and Smalling to name but a few; there are others who are equally as culpable.

However, he made a bold move for Mata in January which was scoffed at by most newspaper journalists, but he managed to pull that off, to his credit. He now must follow that up by clearing out the dead wood, and there is plenty about, and signing top class players into the problem positions. He and Woodward have obviously learned quickly as they have announced today that they are in talks with Sporting Lisbon about the transfer of William Carvalho, the exciting young holding midfielder.

Sporting have a long association with Manchester United, with Ronaldo one of their youngsters who Sir Alex signed from them, now they are about to do the deal for Carvalho, who is 21.

Carvalho is Angolan born and has moved quickly through the ranks at Sporting having shone at all stages of his progress to the point where they now value him at around €35million (£29m), however, it is likely that the deal will finally be sealed at around £25m.

Moyes and Woodward are determined to get their business done before the World Cup starts as once players leave for their national teams it will be very difficult to conduct transfer negotiations.

This position was identified as a priority by Moyes and it looks like he has made an early move for a top class player in that position. Now he will need to get rid of those who are retiring or leaving of their own accord and clear out some of the others who have not made the grade. That will free up a sizeable amount of wages so United will not have any problems fulfilling the terms of the FFP rules.

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