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William Carvalho to Arsenal: Gunners line up Sporting Lisbon midfielder as interest in Sami Khedira wanes

Arsenal have rekindled their interest in the Sporting Lisbon midfielder after baulking at Sami Khedira's wage demands

Arsenal's interest in Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho is increasing as the Gunners stall on a move for Sami Khedira over the German's wage demands.

According to reports, the Real Madrid midfielder would want wages of £170,000 per week - a figure which Arsenal are unwilling to meet.

They are also concerned by the former Stuttgart enforcer's injury record - Khedira was out for five months of last season with a serious knee injury, only making his return to action as part of Joachim Low's victorious German World Cup squad.

Carvalho represents a younger, cheaper and perhaps more attractive option. The Angola-born Portugal international currently earns just £5000 per week at Sporting, though he would command a similar fee to the £24 million that Real are demanding for Khedira.

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The Sporting youth team graduate made 29 league starts last season, helping the Lions to a second-place finish. He was also part of Portugal's ultimately disappointing World Cup campaign, making two appearances as Paolo Bento's side crashed out at the group stage.