Real step up Carvalho pursuit
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Spanish giants want to pair the Portugal international in the heart of their defence with Walter Samuel next season, but have set a limit of é¼20 million (£12 million) for the transfer fee.
Carvalho is very keen to clinch a move to El Santiago Barnabeu and has made his feelings clear to Porto, but the recent big-money sales of Paulo Ferreira and Deco mean the Portuguese side now have no genuine need to sell.
Porto could, though, be tempted to part company with the defender as Real are reported to have offered players in exchange.
Striker Fernando Morientes is one of those available, and his agent has revealed he would be very interested in a move to Estadio do Dragao.
Gines Carvajal told maisfutebol: "It's probable that Morientes will sign for Porto because they are a great team, have won the (UEFA) Champions League and are a very important team in European football."
However, with Porto reportedly agreeing a deal to bring Spurs misfit Helder Postiga back to the club on Friday, a move for Morientes looks unlikely.
The Portuguese outfit are understood to prefer winger Santiago Solari rather than Morientes, although Real have also offered Guti who could prove a tempting option following the departure of Deco.
If a deal for Carvalho is struck, Porto intend to spend the money they will receive on Brazilian starlet Diego, a player that Real themselves, as well as Barcelona and Tottenham, are known to be admirers of.
Meanwhile, reports claim that Milan have offered Madrid Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini for é¼4 million if a deal for Carvalho fails to materialise.
The South American has spent the past two seasons on loan in Spain with Villarreal and Atletico Madrid respectively, and has impressed in La Primera.