Report: Arsenal fail in William Carvalho bid

A report claims that Arsenal have failed in a £24m move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

Sporting Lisbon have reportedly rejected a £24m offer from Arsenal for William Carvalho.

The Portuguese international, who represented his country at this summer's World Cup, is widely regarded as one of the best up-and-coming talents in European football.

Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move this summer, but have thus far baulked at the asking price of £36m.

According to The Metro, Sporting are not prepared to sanction a move unless Carvalho's full release clause is paid, meaning that Arsenal need to find another £12m on top of their original offer.

The 22-year-old has been with Sporting since 2005.

William Carvalho takes part in a Portugal training session on November 11, 2013.
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