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West Ham Opinion: William Carvalho could transform the Hammers into a formidable force next season

According to claims from Spanish news outlet Estadio Deportivo, West Ham have reignited their interest in Portuguese international midfielder William Carvalho.

This is not the first time, though, that the Hammers have been linked with a move for the midfielder. BBC reported back in 2017 that Carvalho, then at Sporting Lisbon, was close to making a move to the Premier League, only for a deal to collapse due to miscommunication between the two clubs.

However, as the story goes, West Ham are once again back in the market for Carvalho, who currently plies his trade in the La Liga with Real Betis. Betis are unlikely to let Carvalho depart the cheap, having only signed him from Sporting Lisbon last summer, but the Hammers are apparently fancying their chances of striking a deal for their long-term target this time around.

The 27-year-old produced a wonderful performance for his nation and completely outclassed Dutch midfield sensation Frenkie de Jong on Monday, as Goncalo Guedes’ solitary strike handed Portugal a 1-0 victory over The Netherlands in the finals of the UEFA Nations League.

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A youth product of Sporting Lisbon, Carvalho rose to prominence with his boyhood club and carved out a massive reputation in his homeland as one of the best central midfielders. The 27-year-old made a total of 193 appearances for Sporting over the course of six seasons at the club, whilst also spending time on loan at lower division club Fatima and Belgian club Cercle Brugge.

Carvalho made an instant impact in the La Liga following his move to Spain last summer and registered a total of 43 appearances for Real Betis in all competitions this past season, accumulating 5 assists in the process. The 27-year-old, who boasts of 56 caps for Portugal at the senior international level, has represented his nation at the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, whilst playing a key role in their Euro 2016 and 2018-19 UEFA Nations League triumphs.

Essentially a defensive midfielder by trade, Carvalho is also capable of playing in a box-to-box role in the middle of the park and as a central defender at the back. Standing at 6ft. 2 inches with a sinewy and well-built frame, the Portuguese international has carved out a reputation himself as one of the most robust defensive midfielders around in Europe.

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A powerful and physically dominating presence in the middle of the park, Carvalho might not be the most agile of players but he is a tremendous athlete and overcomes his relative lack of pace with his incredible speed of thought.

Noted for his calmness and composure in possession, accurate ball-distribution and impressive range of passing, Carvalho not only has the awareness and the game-reading ability to break up the play and win possession back for his team but he is more than capable of carrying the ball forward with intent.

Strong on the tackle and dominant in the air, the 27-year-old is also a good dribbler and has a keen eye for defence-splitting through balls in the final third. To be honest, he has all the attributes to replicate his success in the Premier League and West Ham reigniting their interest in the 27-year-old certainly makes a lot of sense.

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To put things into perspective, the Hammers are in the market for a new central midfielder to replace the likes of Pedro Obiang and Carlos Sanchez, with both the players struggling for form and fitness at East London.

Youngster Declan Rice was one of the standout performers for West Ham in the midfield under the stewardship of Manuel Pellegrini this past season, and while veteran club-captain Mark Noble did a decent job as his partner in the middle of the park, the Hammers need to look for a long-term replacement.

West Ham are closing in on the acquisition of attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals from Villarreal, according to The Guardian. However, the Hammers need to invest in another top-quality defensive midfielder in a bid to bring the best of out Rice and improve cohesiveness in the middle of the park.

Carvalho, with his wealth of Champions League, Europa League, Primeira Liga and La Liga experience, certainly fits the bill and he should be high on confidence after guiding Portugal to victories in Euro 2016 and the recently-concluded UEFA Nations League.

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Also, the dominant and authoritative presence of someone like Carvalho would add a lot of steel and depth to West Ham’s midfield and go a long way towards getting the best out of more attacking players like Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere.

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Having secured a 10th-place finish in the Premier League last season, West Ham need to bring in some upgrades this summer in a bid to challenge for a Europa League spot next term, and the acquisition of William Carvalho could transform them into a formidable force capable of rubbing shoulders with the big-six in the division.

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Man United would find De Gea’s ideal replacement by signing this Champions League semi-finalist – Agreed?

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Manchester United Opinion: United must target Onana if De Gea leaves

According to a recent report by The Sun, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side are said to have set their eyes on Ajax’s Cameroonian international goalkeeper Andre Onana as a possible replacement for David De Gea, later this summer.

The Spanish veteran has rejected multiple contract offers from United over the last couple of seasons and he now finds himself with just a year remaining on his current deal. Although Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak is being linked with a possible move too, his startling market value will prove too much for United to handle at this stage.

The report suggests that Manchester United are willing to see out David De Gea’s contract and let him leave for free rather than sell him in the summer.

Despite their best interests, if the Spaniard does force a move away from Old Trafford, there probably isn’t much they could do to stop him.

He was heavily criticised for his performances in the last campaign as he made multiple individual errors and blatant mistakes.

Andre Onana is a 23-year-old shot-stopper, who currently plies his trade for last season’s Champions League semi-finalist – Ajax Amsterdam. The youngster was an absolutely pivotal part of their build-up play and his ability to release the ball early helped them in multiple situations as well.

The season that Ajax had last year could only be described as majestic and without Onana’s exploits between the sticks, they wouldn’t have achieved half of what they did. It is being reported that the youngster could be available for a fairly nominal price and considering that he’s only 23, he could fit the bill at United in terms of age as well.

Although Sergio Romero will definitely throw his name into the hat at some
stage, signing Onana would be a massive boost to a team that has depended on their goalkeeper’s heroics to keep them in games at times.

De Gea has been a fan favourite at Old Trafford for a long time now but the time for change could finally be here.

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The Spaniard is 28 now and has shown signs of slowing down over the last season. His performances at the World Cup in Russia were poor and he certainly didn’t help himself with his recent Premier League showings.

Despite this, De Gea has singlehandedly won Manchester United an unbelievable number of football matches. Moving for Onana to replace him would certainly be a shrewd piece of business.

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Man City shelling out £5m to activate this former player’s buyout clause would provide excellent competition for Mendy – Agreed?

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Man City Opinion: Citizens should activate Angelino’s buy-back clause to ensure quality competition for Mendy

According to Manchester Evening News, reigning Premier League champions Man City are set to bring left-back Angelino back to the Etihad this summer, with reports claiming that the Citizens are considering activating the buy-back clause that they had inserted in the Spaniard’s deal.

Angelino sealed a permanent £5 million move to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven only last summer but Manchester Evening News suggests that the Citizens, who are well aware of his talent and potential, had inserted a clause in his deal which would enable them to bring him back for a fee of around £5 million.

The same source claims that Man City are impressed by the 22-year-old’s rapid development in the Netherlands at PSV Eindhoven and are willing to offer him a chance in their first-team next season, while French champions PSG have also been linked with the highly-rated left-back.

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Angelino accumulated as many as 12 assists in 43 appearances for the Dutch heavyweights in all competitions this past season, also featuring prominently in the club’s Champions League campaign, which ended prematurely in the group stages.

The 22-year-old’s scintillating run for form hasn’t gone unnoticed and, as the reports suggest, he might as well be forced to head back to England just after a single season at PSV.

The Spanish U21 international played for Deportivo La Coruna at the youth ranks before joining City’s youth set up in 2012. Angelino featured largely for the club’s youth and reserve sides and spent time on loan at New York City, Girona, Mallorca and NAC Breda.

The talented youngster was eventually handed his first-team debut against Aston Villa in the FA Cup in 2016 and went on to make a total of 3 competitive appearances for the Citizens, featuring in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League and also in the EFL Cup.

However, it was pretty apparent that he needed more time to further his development before having a realistic chance of nailing down a regular starting role at City.

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Well, it looks as though the left-back has finally managed to impress upon the City hierarchy with his scintillating run of form in the Dutch top-flight this past season.

Realistically speaking, it makes a lot of sense for Man City to bring the Spaniard back to the Etihad this summer, given that lack of stability on the left-hand side of the backline was one of the big talking points from the club’s domestic treble-winning campaign last term.

Benjamin Mendy started off with a bang in the earlier stages of the recently concluded campaign, with the Frenchman accumulating as many as 5 assists in 10 Premier League outings.

However, Guardiola found himself short of cover ever since Mendy was sidelined with a long-term knee injury and the manager had to rotate between the likes of Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko to fill in at an unfamiliar position.

While Delph struggled to find consistency and had his own share of injury problems, Guardiola’s patience with Zinchenko gradually paid rich dividends, as the Ukrainian went from strength to strength and established himself as the first-choice left-back in due course of time.

City would need to sort out their left-back conundrum sooner rather than later, given Mendy’s poor injury record. And bringing back Angelino certainly makes a lot of sense.

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The 22-year-old would save Man City a fortune in the transfer market, while his arrival is also expected to add much-needed depth and cover in a key area of the pitch for the Citizens.

The Spaniard has proven his credentials as a modern-day offensive-minded full-back in the Netherlands and City have every reason to look at him as someone who could possibly provide cover and competition for Mendy, thus enabling Zinchenko to play elsewhere in a more familiar role.

Capable of shouldering both attacking and defensive responsibilities effectively, Angelino caught the eye with his immaculate crossing, sharpness, agility and a deadly eye for key passes in the final third.

The 22-year-old averaged 2 key passes, 1.7 crosses, 1.4 dribbles, 2.3 successful long balls, 2.2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 2 clearances per game in the Eredisivie last season, figures which are an upgrade on Mendy’s 1.2 key passes, 1.1 crosses, 1.6 tackles and 1 interception per game in the Premier League.

Those differences in numbers might have a lot to do with the stylistic differences between the two teams and the quality of the leagues but, in all honesty, Angelino proved that he is good enough to challenge the injury-prone and impetuous Mendy for a spot in City’s first-team.

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As the Citizens look to make it a hat-trick of Premier League triumphs next season, they need to ensure that they have adequate depth in all areas of their squad and bringing back the 22-year-old for a thrifty fee would certainly be a step in the right direction.

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Next Roofe in the making? – Leeds United signing this League Two starlet for £250,000 would be a smart move by Bielsa

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According to a report from Daily Mail, Leeds United are set to make a £250,000 offer for Carlisle United starlet Liam McCarron.

The 18-year-old is also being chased by a swarm of English clubs namely Sheffield United, Derby County and Wolves. Yet, the Whites remain confident they can win the race by offering him more gaming time.

The 18-year-old broke into Carlisle’s main team in the recently concluded season, making a total of 16 appearances. Despite being used as a substitute, McCarron showed much quality with limited opportunities. A youth product of Cumbrians, the English prodigy has a contract until the end of next season.

Should Leeds United move for McCarron?

After an eventful campaign in Championship, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa needs reinforcements in every aspect.

The attacking line-up turned out to be a let-down for the Argentine manager in the promotion slump and he must mend that before the start of next season.

And with Jack Clarke’s future still hanging in balance as he is wanted by Tottenham, Bielsa can avail the services of League Two teenager, McCarron. United’s primary striker, Kemar Roofe, is also on the radar of Burnley.

A centre-forward by trade, McCarron is also much efficient at the wings. Though he can’t be an assured starter under Bielsa, he can win his chances by showing quick progress in the reserves set-up as Clarke did with the Whites last season.

The former Chile manager is also known for nurturing young talents – Clarke and Leif Davis are some of the best examples. McCarron could soon join the list and can break into the spotlight if he opts to move to Elland Road this summer.

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Final Verdict

Leeds wouldn’t be overburdened with a signing like McCarron, who is currently in demand and has a great future ahead.

And the English prospect can follow the footsteps of 26-year-old Roofe, who also rose through the ranks of League Two side Oxford United.

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