According to Portuguese publication Record, Arsenal have renewed their interest in Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho.
The Gunners had a bid for the defensive midfielder rejected in 2014 but are being tipped to match the 25-year-old’s €45 million buyout clause this summer.
The Portugal international is a mainstay in Sporting’s midfield having played 154 games over the last four seasons and was also an important member of his country’s successful EURO 2016 campaign. He’s under contract at the Estadio Jose Alvalade until 2020.
Back in October 2015, Carvalho fuelled speculation that he could join the Gunners by revealing a childhood love for Thierry Henry.
Speaking to A Bola, he said: “There is a club with which I’ve always been fond of, Arsenal. Because of Thierry Henry, a player with whom I have always enjoyed watching.
“Maybe this is why I look with so much affection to the Premier League.”
It’s suggested that Newcastle United are also keeping tabs on the player’s situation.