Last night the Daily Mail published an article saying Pep Guardiola had chosen two signings to be long-term replacements for Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany at Manchester City.
They said the Catalan manager would want Virgil van Dijk and William Carvalho. The Portuguese midfielder would cost €50m (£42m).
Of course it didn’t take much time for the Portuguese press to publish these claims. They always take these rumours with great pride.
Record normally answers these articles saying the prices are higher than expected. But this time, they had to disagree with the Daily Mail, and said Carvalho would actually be cheaper.
The midfielder’s release clause is €45m, which could save Manchester City €5m. What they agree with the Daily Mail is to say that Bruno de Carvalho wouldn’t let him go for less.
As reported a few months ago, the Sporting president confirmed he rejected a €35m offer from a Premier League club. Reports from Portugal suggested it was from West Brom.
There have been reports that if Sporting reject €35m for Carvalho on a move he wants to make, then the Portuguese club would have to pay the player €5m.