Transfer Balls: Arsenal bid £28.5m for William Carvalho but Manchester United got him for £37m
Transfer Balls: In an ‘exclusive” The Sun says Arsenal are bidding £28.5m William Carvalho, an Arsenal fan currently playing for Portugal Under-21s
ARSENAL have tabled a fresh £28.5million bid for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho. And the Gunners could get their man if they stump up a further £8.5m in add-ons to trigger the Portugal midfielder’s £37m release clause.
But this is Transfer Balls, a look at rubbish football reporting.
In March 2014, Steve Bates told Sunday People readers that Manchester United had got their man:
TalkSport agreeed. But now the fee was £35m:
The signing of Carvalho, who is set to feature for Portugal in this summer’s World Cup, will be seen as a major coup for under-pressure Red Devils boss Moyes.
That deal never happened.
In April 2015, Jamie Sanderson said Carvalho to Arsenal was a done deal:
Sanderson cited a source:
And amid claims that Sporting have dropped their asking price to £21.5million, the Daily Express says a fee has now been agreed.
In the Express, Anthony Chapman had news:
Carvalho was targeted by the Gunners as well as Manchester United and Chelsea in the January transfer window, but the Telegraph claims that Sporting have finally agreed a fee with Arsene Wenger. It is believed that the Primeira Liga outfit were demanding £30m for the 23-year-old, but the two parties have now apparently settled on a more modest £21.5m.
No link. But we found it.
The Telegraph has its own source:
Portugese newspaper O Jogo says negotiations have been continuing, and an agreement is now on the cards, with Sporting ready to sell for £21.5 million.
So there was no agreement at all.
Such are the facts.