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Report: United agree on a fee for midfield starlet

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According to a report in The Mirror, Manchester United’s first signing towards the next campaign is nearly complete.

Defensive midfield starlet William Carvalho, currently showcasing his skills for Sporting Lisbon, has been scouted at length by Manchester United’s staff over the last year. David Moyes and the back room are certainly aware of his ability and skill set.

The Mirror reports that Carvalho’s agent was given a tour of United’s Carrington training ground and the two sides have agreed to meet the £37m release clause in his contract.

Getting this transfer wrapped up before the World Cup and the frantic summer that goes along with it is important. If Carvalho goes on to impress on the biggest stage, it could even mean a rise in his transfer fee. Manchester United simply can’t afford for either to happen.

United’s midfield has been in need of reinforcing for some time now, even dating back to campaigns where Sir Alex Ferguson was winning Premier League trophies.

There has been too much dependence on the shoulders of Michael Carrick, who in all fairness has performed admirably over the last several seasons. For too long, he hasn’t had a midfield partner that is capable of carrying his own weight.

Darren Fletcher used to be sufficient, but in dealing with illness, he has not been able to be counted upon. Tom Cleverley’s form has been too inconsistent, and Maraoune Fellaini is still getting settled into his role.

Ryan Giggs, of course, rolled back the years last week against Olympiakos. The 40-year-old was distributing and unlocking with relative ease. But at 40 years of age, his legs can’t be counted on.

Carvalho would go a long way to help, but United would be wise to bring in others for the midfield, too.

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