William Carvalho
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Manchester United have agreed a deal with Sporting Lisbon in signing their star midfielder William Carvalho, according to talkSPORT.

The 22-year-old has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford as United have sent their scouts to watch the defensive midfielder in action for the Portuguese club.

He has also been a transfer target for United's league rivals Liverpool, European giants Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AS Monaco.

However, the report claims David Moyes' side is set to beat the competition of top clubs across the continent. United have successfully sealed a £35m deal in bringing Carvalho to Old Trafford in the summer.

Carvalho will join United on a five-year deal and the deal will be not be made official until the transfer window opens. The midfielder will travel to Brazil with the Portuguese squad for the World Cup.

The Red Devils are looking to put their disastrous season behind them as the former Everton manager is looking to overhaul his squad in the summer.

The Daily Mail reports United are preparing to allow 10 first team players leave the club at the end of the season.

The list includes the likes of defensive Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner, along with Nani, Shinji Kagawa, Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs, Anderson and Darren Fletcher.

United will hand the Scot a £200m transfer budget to overhaul the squad and add quality players in the summer transfer window. Moyes needs to bring in a top class player in United's midfield, while strengthening his side's back four.

A move for Carvalho in the upcoming transfer window will be a massive boost for United. talkSPORT claims United chief executive Ed Woodward and Moyes are looking to do most of their business before the start of the World Cup in June.

Meanwhile, Carvalho had earlier admitted his future could lie away from Sporting, hinting a move to United or Madrid in the summer could be on the cards.

"[My future could be with] Manchester United or Real Madrid. It's just nice to have a great European club after me, but at the moment I'm just totally focused on Sporting and doing my best until the end of the season. At the end of the campaign, we will see what happens," Carvalho explained.