We always knew that Rafa Benitez’ standards were sky-high, so it’s not really a surprise that we are going after some very good players in the transfer market this summer.
But news yesterday that Rafa wants to bring in Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, who is an excellent defensive midfielder and he has been capped 31 times by Portugal.
Carvalho represented Portugal at the 2014 World Cup and the Euro 2016 lat year, when they beat hosts France to win the European Championship for the very first time.
Sporting Lisbon’s defensive midfielder William Carvalho
Carvalho is just 25 and a massively experienced player having played 155 times for Sporting with 10 goals and 12 assists.
The report is in the Portuguese daily O Jogo, although they have been wrong before when reporting some of Newcastle’s proposed targets.
This player will cost some good money and the figure in his release clause is reported to be £39M, but it’s not expected clubs will pay that much for the midfielder.
There are reports that both Manchester City, Arsenal and West Brom are keen to sign Carvalho and Arsene Wenger has been keen on the player for some time now.
The Star is reporting that Carvalho is also thought to be the long term replacement for Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure at Manchester City.
Over the past few years Carvalho has been linked with some big clubs both in England and on the continent – he’s just an excellent technical player.
The fact that we could be after Carvalho shows the ambition of Rafa Benitez for Newcastle.
The manager seems just determined to turn Newcastle United into a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League – and as early as next season too.
We love it.