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Arsenal on alert as officials travel to England in bid to sell Portugal U21 star

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Benfica officials are in England to negotiate the sale of midfielder Joao Carvalho, according to the Record newspaper.

The Portuguese publication report that Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira and a representative of the player Hugo Valdir have flown out to hold talks with Premier League clubs about selling the 20 year old for his €30m buyout clause.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham were linked with Carvalho when the midfielder played on loan at Vitoria Setubal in the second half of last season. He made 15 appearances at Vitoria, scoring one goal and providing one assist.

The attacking midfielder returned to Benfica in the summer, and made his debut for the first team against Olhanense in the Portuguese Cup, coming on as a late substitute in a 1-0 win last month.

Carvalho, who has 11 caps for Portugal’s under 21 side, has still not made his league debut for Benfica and remains with the club’s B team. It seems however that it hasn’t stopped the Portuguese title winners from trying to sell the player for a high fee.

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