William Carvalho
Carvalho hunted by Juventus. Reuters

Juventus have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho as they club prepare to lose either Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba, reports suggest.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable breakout season in Portugal where he has quickly asserted himself at the heart of Sporting's midfield and has also been recognised at international level.

Carvalho recently revealed that a move to Manchester United or Real Madrid could be in the offing this summer but according to Portuguese publication O Jogo, they could well lose out to the Serie A champions.

O Jogo suggest that Juventus director Beppe Marotta is concerned the club could lose one of their current midfield options in Pogba and Vidal this summer – or possibly both – and wants the Portugal international to replace whoever does leave.

United have themselves have been linked with the Bianconeri midfielders ahead of a summer where the club are expected to address their shortcomings in the centre of the park. Chile international Vidal recently declared his intention to remain in Turin but reports suggest United will go ahead and test that resolve with a lucrative offer at the end of the season.

Pogba, who left United in 2012, has been linked with a return to the club but a far greater threat to his continued presence at Juventus comes in the form of Paris Saint Germain. The free-spending French champions are reportedly weighing up an offer for the 20-year-old as part of their ambition to bring more France internationals back to their homeland and want to make Pogba their marquee arrival.

Carvalho has a release clause of €45m written into his contract but it is understood his suitors are confident of getting him for less than that.

While he has remained focus on Sporting's attempts to regain the Portuguese Liga, he has admitted he will have a decision to make at the end of the season.

"It's nice being praised and to know there are some big clubs interested in me," Carvalho said at the beginning of the month.

"It could be 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."