With the news that Morgan Schneiderlin is (maybe?) set to join Manchester United, it would seem that Arsene Wenger must be setting his heart on a different defensive midfielder to compete with Francis Coquelin next season. The Arturo Vidal-to -Arsenal rumours seem to be slipping away, although it is quite clear from the 28 year-olds performances at the Copa America that he is far from being the defensive stalwart we appear to need.
According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are definitely not aiming for Vidal, and instead have turned their attentions to William Carvalho, who is exactly the type of midfielder we DO need.
At 23, Carvalho is five years younger than Vidal, and although he has a £37m release clause in his contract, he could be a much better investment in the long run, especially if he can bring his form from Sporting Club over to the Premiership. After helping the Portugal U21 side to a narrow victory over England, he has now guided them to the Under 21 Final by starring in the 5-0 demolition of the young Germany team.
Any Arsenal scouts watching that game would now be reporting to Wenger that £37m is an absolute bargain for a player of that calibre. You can bet that Wenger will be studying those videos and be amazed by a youngster with over 50 games already behind him this season.
Go get him Wenger. You know he is worth it!