Player profile: William Carvalho, Sporting Lisbon, midfielder

William Carvalho could be heading to England. Photo: PA

Name: William Carvalho

Position: Midfielder


Club: Sporting Lisbon

Country: Portugal

Manchester United's problem for numerous year has revolved around a distinct lack of a competent defensive midfielder - David Moyes is looking to rectify this situation in the summer, with Sporting Lisbon youngster William Carvalho is primary target.

The Portuguese international, who turns 22 in April, has become a mainstay in his club's side after time on loan in Belgium with Cercle Brugge.

His role as a shield for the defence has helped Sporting, currently second, to challenge at the top of the league, after a dismal spell of underachievement.

Carvalho became an automatic pick following a strong start to the season - his form making the scouts flock from around Europe to witness him in action.

A strong tackler and a fast learner, the midfielder's ability to break up play has seen many opposition sides struggle to get play through Sporting this season.

His quality and recent performances justified the call, which also has to do with his height which could be an influent aspect in the match.

– Portugal manager Paulo Bento on calling up the midfielder

The physically imposing 21-year-old has shown great composure in the heart of an inexperienced side, getting the better of many more experienced players in the Primeira Liga, who cannot compete with his speed, power and reading of the game.

Not the most competent passer of a football, Carvalho recognises his own limitations, rarely being overly ambitious with his range of distribution, leaving it to those with greater expertise.

He currently has two caps for his country and will almost certainly be on the plane to Brazil in the summer, potentially even starting in the major tournament after earning rave reviews in the play-off with Sweden..

A client of Jorge Mendes, Carvalho looks set to join Manchester United before the World Cup begins, costing the Red Devils around £37million for his services, and the Old Trafford fans are right to be excited about his arrival.


Why would Man Utd show William Carvalho's agent round Carrington? It's Jorge Mendes. By this stage he must have his own parking space.


United paid around £50m for three Mendes clients in Anderson, Nani and Bebe. Better hope Carvalho is fourth time lucky.

William Carvalho spent time on loan in Belgium. Credit: PA