O Jogo report this morning that Sporting Clube de Portugal (Sporting Lisbon) have rejected a €30m offer from Arsenal for William Carvalho.
With the Gunners on the look out for a central defender to replace the soon to depart Thomas Vermaelen, the Portuguese newspaper say that Arsenal’s offer fell too far short of the player’s contractual release clause of around €45m
They say that Arsenal suggested a two-part payment for the transfer and suggest that this might have been a factor in the rejection. Of course if Arsenal pay the full release clause their desire to keep the player won’t matter, but after spending £30m on Alexis Sanchez, it seems unlikely that Arsene Wenger will splash out £35m+ for the 22 year old.
Wenger’s desire to sign a centre-half comes after his admission yesterday that he was unsure if Thomas Vermaelen would be staying at the club or not. Which, when you think about it, is a diplomatic way of saying he’s willing to let the Belgian leave. With just Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as senior central-defenders, the Gunners need to strengthen this area sooner rather than later, especially as the German won’t be back at the club until the beginning of next month due to his extended post-World Cup break.. [irrelevant - ed]
This story has confused us. It’s early and we’re hungover. He’s a defensive midfielder, not a centre-half. But they still rejected the bid.
F – must do better
We’re awarding ourselves 10 poos for this story. Runny ones too.