Premier League interest in William Carvalho is still as prominent as ever, with Portuguese news source Abola reporting on Chelsea’s interest in the £35m man.
Arsenal are known long-term admirers, but their pursuit has cooled in recent weeks following Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to meet the 22-year-old’s exorbitant release clause, with Sporting Lisbon refusing to accept a penny less.
But if the Blues’ interest in the Angolan-born anchorman is genuine, the Gunners’ finance men should smash the piggy bank to ensure they don’t miss out on what would be the component that would complete their midfield.
Conversely, allowing him to move to the Stamford Bridge club would, in effect, be presenting Chelsea with the title.
Given their 6/4 favouritism to achieve the feat, they don’t need any extra assistance, but with their reinforced backline guarded by both Carvalho and Nemanja Matic would render the west Londoners virtually impenetrable.
Combine these two with the creative brilliance of Cesc Fabregas or the industry of Ramires and few midfield trios on the planet could rival Chelsea’s.
Brawn is the one ingredient currently missing from the Gunners middle band and, if they were to recruit a destroyer of Carvalho’s standard, they could definitely compete in any debate regarding the strongest central triumvirate in the game.
At present Mikel Arteta does the skull-busting in the Arsenal midfield; a pretty feeble enforcer when compared to all-action Matic at Chelsea, for example.
His discrepancies in this department were one of the key reasons why the Gunners wilted in last season’s title race and their failure to upgrade in this area is sure to detract from any hopes of glory this time around.
In Aaron Ramsey they have potentially the best goal-getting middle man around, while few conjurers can rival World Cup winner Mesut Ozil when it comes to picking defensive locks, regardless of the abject end to the previous campaign he endured.
The likes of Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provide first-rate cover, but without improving the physicality in their midfield, they’ll struggle to achieve the success that will be on tap at Chelsea if they were to sign Carvalho.