Manchester City propose swap deal to sign Portugal international midfielder – reports – City Watch

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Manchester City long-rumoured pursuit of Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho continues to be a topic of interest in the Portuguese press.

The 25-year-old defensive midfielder has been linked with a host of English clubs, but ever since Pere Guardiola’s Media Base Sports agency signed him up, there has been a feeling in Portugal that he would eventually become a Man City player, where of course Pere’s brother, Pep Guardiola, is in charge.

There have been strong rumours in recent days that City’s Fernando Reges, also wanted by Beşiktaş and Valencia, could head to the Estádio José Alvalade on a one or two-year loan deal as part of a swap deal for William, an attempt to reduce Sporting’s demands.

That possibility has been reported in today’s edition of A Bola, who have information that Sporting want around €30million (£27million) to sell William.

In the long term, City do need a new holding midfielder or two, with Yaya Touré possibly about to play his last season at the club and Fernandinho getting no younger. Will it be William Carvalho who is chosen to fill those big boots?