04/02/2014 03:51 GMT | Updated 04/02/2014 03:59 GMT

Manchester United Eye William Carvalho - Transfer News

William, it was really nothing
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William, it was really nothing

Manchester United realised the cost of not buying a central midfielder in the January transfer window at Stoke on Saturday and have again been linked with Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho.

Capped once by Portugal, the 21-year-old Sporting Lisbon man can also play in defence, which is another area United could do with reinforcements.

Speaking of which, Rio Ferdinand will almost certainly leave United in the summer but there are some reassuring words from David Moyes this morning, even though the 35-year-old has played just once this year.

Thankfully this didn't happen in January: Tuttosport say Arsène Wenger is interested in AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli. Hopefully it won't happen in the summer, either.

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"A return to England? That'll be a laugh."

Lefigaro, meanwhile, claim Lazio refused a loan offer from Wenger for Miroslav Klose.

Jack Rodwell, whose coffin had another nail hammered into it when centre-back Martín Demichelis started for Manchester City on Monday night, was ready to rejoin Everton on loan last month.

The Sun say Rodwell would have returned to Merseyside had City brought in Fernando on deadline day, but Manuel Pellegrini pulled the plug on moves for the midfielder and his Porto teammate Eliaquim Mangala.

Zenit St Petersburg are ready to offer Thomas Vermaelen an escape route from Arsenal. Still officially the Gunners' captain, the Belgian has spent more time warming the substitutes' bench than trotting around the turf this season.

And on the subject of defenders, Bild add Barcelona want to tie down 22-year-old defender Martin Montoya to a new deal to stave off interest from Liverpool, Internazionale and Arsenal.