Sporting deny Carvalho talk

Last Updated: Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:26
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Sporting Lisbon have played down rumours linking Manchester United with a move for their holding midfielder William Carvalho.

The Portuguese international has been heavily scouted by United for some time and even the departure of David Moyes didn't seem to have dampened the club's interest.

However, Sporting are adamant that speculation about the Premier League giants triggering the 22-year-old's release clause of 45million euros are wide of the mark.

The club's chairman Bruno de Carvalho told A Bola: "We haven't received any formal or informal proposals for any of our players."

Carvalho, who started for Portugal in their 2-1 win over Ghana at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, wouldn't be the first player to make the move from Sporting to Old Trafford.

Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani made the switch to United during Sir Alex Ferguson's reign and the Portuguese club would be prepared to do business again if the money was right.

He added: "Is a sale possible? Nothing is impossible in football."

New United boss Louis van Gaal has already added to his midfield with the signing of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao for £28.8million, while the club have also expressed an interest in Juventus star Arturo Vidal as they look to strengthen their engine room.

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