Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger, is reportedly considering William Carvalho as an alternative to Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.
The Gunners are still in the hunt for a strong central midfielder and the Sporting Lisbon starlet seems to have caught Wenger’s eye.
Initially, Arsenal had set their sights on Khedira, who played a pivotal role in Germany’s World Cup triumph, but reports claim the 27-year-old’s wage demands are too high.
Khedira is understood to ask for around £170 000 a week, which would make him the highest earner at the Emirates.
However, Khedira’s injury record has also raised concerns over the move, as it is believed he has missed 68 games for Real Madrid through injury since he joined them in 2010.
Instead, Arsenal reportedly turned their attentions to Carvalho, who is five years younger than Khedira and would certainly only ask for a fraction of the German’s wage demands.
The Sun claims Carvalho, who made two appearances for Portugal at the World Cup, currently only earns £5 000 a week at Sporting, though he would be expected to cost around £24 million.
Despite having only one year left on his contract at Bernabeu, Khedira is valued the same price.
Wenger has already spent around £60 million on Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina this summer – his highest ever outlay as Arsenal manager.
Carvalho or Khedira, who would you sign if you were in Wenger’s shoes? Have your say in the comment section below.