Portugese paper A Bola initially reported United’s interest in the 21 year old, claiming the club had sent scouts to watch him. Whilst Record reported that United had been interested in the defensive midfielder since he impressed on loan at Cercle Brugge last season and that Sporting are well aware of United’s interest in the youngster and were refusing to rule out a sale in January.
Heavily in debt, Sporting are being forced to get rid of their assets and United may use this to their advantage to try and negotiate a deal for a fee substantial less than the £38m required to trigger his buyout clause. But with the player part of a third party ownership deal, this could hinder United’s attempts to snap him up.
Carvalho, a Portuguese u21 international, remarked:
“I feel very happy. This is proof of the recognition of my work in these two months. I hope to continue to work to help the team achieve its goals.”
Sporting’s academy has long been a source of talent with United’s own Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani having made their way through the ranks whilst in recent times Bruma, another player linked with United, Eric Dier and Liverpool’s Tiago Ilori have all made their names in the club’s youth ranks.