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Arsenal to beat Manchester United to £19.8m signing of William Carvalho

Published 02/07/2015 | 10:40

Sporting Lisbon's Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho
Sporting Lisbon's Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho

Arsenal look set to beat Manchester United to the signature of William Carvalho after reportedly sending scouts to watch the midfielder the final of the European U21 Championships.

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The Sporting Lisbon and Portugal star was on the losing side in the Czech Republic, but was also named player of the tournament.

The Daily Star reports that Arsene Wenger has made the 23-year old his top transfer target and sent representatives to watch the defensive midfielder, with a £19.8 million move now looking ever-more likely.

Abou Diaby is considering a move to Major League Soccer after finally being released by the Gunners.

The injury-prone French midfielder, signed in 2006, is understood to be in talks with FC Dallas, suggests The Mirror.

His time with the north Londoners has been blighted by a string of failed comebacks, following injuries which have wrecked his first-team chances.

He made just one appearance last season and rejected an offer of a pay-as-you play deal for the forthcoming season.

The Daily Telegraph, however, reveals that Wenger is willing to let Diaby use Arsenal's London Colney training base to build fitness even after being officially released.

In a move that keeps ajar the distant possibility of Diaby again playing for Arsenal, Wenger still hopes that the France midfielder can resurrect his career in some way, whether in the Premier League or abroad, even after such a horrible sequence of injuries.

Wenger has offered a similar open-door policy to many of his past players and, in the cases of Sol Campbell, Thierry Henry and Jens Lehmann, the opportunity to see them on the training pitch did help convince him to offer them short-term comeback opportunities.

And finally, West Ham have stepped up their pursuit to bring Carl Jenkinson back on loan following his successful spell last season.

The right back impressed at Upton Park and helped the Hammers secure a 12th-placed finish in the Premier League.

And with a lack of full-back options, The Daily Mail understands the east London club are keen on signing Jenkinson for a second-consecutive season.

Wenger is also happy to allow Jenkinson to get more matches under his belt on a temporary basis.

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