William Carvalho – Sporting Lisbon
One player who United need more than most is a defensive midfielder, for they don’t have any at the moment. And Sporting’s 22-year-old Portuguese international William Carvalho would be the perfect package for United. Carvalho has emerged as the next big thing to come out of Portugal, thanks to his ability to control the game and anticipate and position himself where the action is.
With United needing a defensive midfielder, capable of not just doing the defensive work but also starting out an attack, there can be few better than Carvalho capable of doing that right now. Given United’s favorable relationship with the club and the fact that his agent is Jorge Mendes, luring him to Old Trafford might not be as difficult as it might be with other midfielders United are chasing at the moment. But his £37.5m price tag means that he will not be available on the cheap, but it is a risk worth taking as he is sure to slot into the center of United’s midfield for the next decade.