Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern have previous when seeing their club linked with players from Sporting Lisbon, with many of them roaring into past stories about a certain Cristiano Ronaldo at the mere mention of their name.
That’s been no different following reports in Portugal, via the Sun, that the club are scouting Portuguese international William Carvalho ahead of a potential summer move.
The imposing box-to-box midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for what seems like an eternity now, with Premier League rivals Arsenal also thought to have scouted him.
However, the Red Devils are said to already be putting preparations in place for next season and have once again commissioned a scouting mission in order to run the rule over the 24-year old.
He, as well as teammate Joao Mario, are understood to have attracted the glances of movers, shakers and decision makers at the Theatre of Dreams.
Mario is a new name to come across their radar after an excellent season on the left wing for the Lisbon giants.
Jose Mourinho is widely expected to be handed the reins over the course of the summer and the former Porto coach is reported to be in favour of landing some of the hottest talents in his homeland.
Can Carvalho and Mario really improve United’s fortunes on the field?