After being watched somewhere between 67-84 times by David Moyes last term, it seems inevitable that Sporting Lisbon battering ram William Carvalho will one day ply his terror-inducing trade in the Premier League.
The Manchester United link seems to have ran cold, with Louis van Gaal apparently not as keen on the 22-year-old as his predecessor, but he still tickles the difficult-to-tickle fancy of Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal want the Angolan-born defensive screen, but (surprise, surprise) they aren’t keen on paying the asking price, which, in their defence, stands a sizeable £37m.
Instead, the Gunners are hoping that the Portuguese silver-medallists revise their valuation at some point in the coming days, dropping it to the £24m they’re prepared to hand over.
Such an occurrence is highly improbable, but the north Londoners haven’t been shy when it comes to getting the wallet out of late and must continue in their current cash-flashing vein to land Carvalho.
A holding-midfielder is the essential and final component required to complete the Arsenal team and while the link to Real Madrid virtuoso Sami Khedira remains, the German World Cup winner isn’t the type of player required to boss the Gunners’ engine room.
Khedira is an astute possession retriever and retainer with the energy levels required to thrive in any high-pressing side, but he’s not the enforcer Arsenal crave if they are to realise odds of 6/1 about claiming a fourth Premier League crown.
Carvalho is the bustling, physical specimen they need who can help the team impose themselves when opponents attempt to stifle their stylish approach with some old fashioned roughhousing.
While Khedira is no novice when it comes to anchoring a midfield, he lacks in athleticism, aggression and intensity when compared to Carvalho and it’s these attributes the Gunners should be valuing highest in their defensive-midfielder recruitment drive.
In order to obtain them, they should be willing to pay a little extra.