Manchester United are closing in on a Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho. The Daily Star says United moved a step closer to signing Carvalho last night after bidding £25m for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder.

The 21-year-old is regarded as the biggest star in Portuguese football right now and United scouts have watched him 15 times this season.

Carvalho is also being chased by Chelsea and Manchester City, but United have now opened the bidding for him.