Arsenal have ended their pursuit of Juventus star Arturo Vidal in favour or pursuing a move for Portuguese U21 sensation William Carvalho, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.
Reports over the weekend from the continent heavily linked Arsenal with a move for Vidal, with claims a transfer was ‘90% complete’, but it’s now stated Arsene Wenger doesn’t want the Chilean Copa America finalist.
Instead, it’s stated the Gunners have revived their interest in long-term target William Carvalho, with the Sporting Lisbon midfielder thoroughly impressing in Portugal’s U21 European Championship campaign, which included a drubbing of tournament favourites Germany.
23-year-old Carvalho is likely to cost between £20-£32m, with reports suggesting he could have a release clause in his contract with the Portuguese side for a figure of €45m- although those claims are not confirmed, so the fee could be significantly smaller.
The news comes with Arsenal also receiving a boost in the chase of the player, as Monaco have ruled out a move with Leonardo Jardim stating a transfer for his compatriot is too expensive for the French principality side to secure.