According to certain sources Leicester City are in advanced talks with Real Betis midfielder William Carvalho. We have earlier listed the player in our rumor list and it’s not lastest news regarding the interest for the former Sporting star.
So who is William Carvalho. 27 years of age, Portugal international with 59 caps for his country. He joined Real Betis in 2018, and so far played 39 games, never scored. He has previous to his move to Spain played on loan at Cercle Brugge and Fatima during his time at Sporting, where he made his debut in 2011 and played 143 league games and scored 10 goals, before his €16million move to Betis took place.
He is currently on a five year contract and additional fees could be in line as the contract is running further. This could be the reason for his relatively low amount of games tally and that a move could be on, because that would see cash run through and possibly get the money in full that Sporting could be entitled to if such a move takes place.
He is a certain starter in the Portugal national team and was part of the team that won the 2016 Euro’s and also playing in the final of last years Nations League. Brendan Rodgers is said to have chased the Portuguese international also during his time at Liverpool and was close to a signing in 2015.
A key to get Carvalho on board at Leicester City could involve Adrien Silva and Islam Slimani who both are linked with Carvalho’s previous club Sporting. Silva and Slimani are valued to a joint fee of £30million, which again could be part of a deal and a total package of in full as Betis would have to pay compensation to Sporting if a move goes through.
Another rumor that needs to be addressed is the one regarding Philippe Coutinho and if Leicester City will play in the Champions League next season it could be possible that a few big names could see their route to King Power open. He has spend this season with Bayern Munich, but it looks as his days at Camp Nou is close to an end.
We just have to wait and see if the move will be on, but it could with a couple of full backs being noticed by “Barca” as targets, seeing one of the two, Ben Chilwell or Ricardo Pereira being part of a deal or just a swop.
Riyad Mahrez could also play a key part in a deal for Philippe Coutinho if Manchester City will let him leave and that Leicester City will also get percentages of that move and help finance a permanent deal for Philippe Coutinho. This could be the reason why Leicester City are favorites to get a deal going through.