Friday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Arsenal eyeing Carvalho, Roma want Afellay

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With an injury crisis at Arsenal, the Gunners could be active in the January transfer window.

The Telegraph is reporting that Arsene Wenger has his sights on Portuguese international William Carvalho as a top target. With Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla both out for extended periods of time, Carvalho could help fix Arsenal’s problems in the center of midfield.

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Carvalho, 23, currently plays for Sporting CP and was named Player of the Tournament at this summer’s EURO U-21 Championship after helping lead Portugal to the final. If a deal were to be made, he would likely cost the Gunners upwards of $40 million.

Another Portuguese talent that has caught the eye of Premier League clubs is Benfica defender Nelson Semedo. Chelsea is reportedly looking at the 22-year-old as a possible replacement moving forward for the aging John Terry, as the Blues were unable to make a summer move for John Stones. Currently recovering from knee surgery, Semedo already has Champions League experience and has made one appearance for the Portuguese national team.

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Ibrahim Afellay only moved to Stoke City this summer, but he could be tempted to leave in January. After failing to lock down a consistent starting spot under Mark Hughes, Roma will reportedly try bring the Dutch international to the Stadio Olimpico, according to Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport. After starting the first four Premier League matches of the season, Afellay has seen his role reduced to mainly a late-game substitute for the Potters. Afellay was in talks with Roma this summer when he was looking to leave Barcelona, but chose to join Stoke City instead. With super-agent Mino Raiola at the helm, you can never rule anything out.