As we’ve said several times, there are rumours from the Portuguese press which sound like the selling club wants the transfer much more than the interested side.
West Bromwich Albion have been linked to several players from Portugal this summer, one of them William Carvalho. Although he’s said to be one of the most wanted players in the country, only two clubs really tried to sign him this window, and they were West Ham and Monaco.
But as both sides failed to get him, West Brom weren’t forgotten, and were even contacted on deadline day, O Jogo reports.
They claim that in the hurry to sell the player, Sporting made contacts with several agents to find an interested club, and that’s when West Brom were offered the chance to sign Carvalho.
With West Ham bidding €37m, Sporting were very probably asking for more than that, and West Brom didn’t make a move.
Maybe next summer, when the Baggies will surely be linked to Carvalho once again, there could be another approach. Adrien Silva moved to Leicester for many millions less one year after having his transfer blocked, so the same could happen to Carvalho.
West Brom were the club most linked to Carvalho before the window opened, with Tony Pulis confirming he keeps an eye on the Sporting midfielder, so it’s no surprise they were contacted.
But at over €30m, and after the club had signed Grzegorz Krychowiak, it’s also no surprise West Brom said no.