A big Newcastle United transfer update has emerged regarding their attempts to sign Diego Carlos from Sevilla…
talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook has revealed that the Magpies are set to make a second approach to sign the Bazilian enforcer and has named the price at which a deal could be done.
He said on-air: “talkSPORT sources understand that the mega-rich North East have had a £25million bid for the Sevilla defender Diego Carlos rejected.
“I think they are planning a fresh offer and they believe an offer around £40m would land the man that we understand is now their top target to fill that centre-back void Eddie Howe is desperately searching for.”
There is no denying how poor Newcastle have been at defending their own goal in the Premier League so far this season. They have conceded 42 goals in the division – only bottom-placed Norwich have conceded as many – and have let in 2.2 goals per game on average.
This suggests that they are in desperate need of new signings to bolster the defence as the current crop of players have simply not been good enough. Eddie Howe will surely love this update on Carlos as it shows that the club are working hard to improve the backline after the signing of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid this morning.
Carlos is a proven performer at La Liga level and could improve Howe’s options at centre-back. He has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.12 for Sevilla this season, making 3.6 clearances per game and winning an impressive 64% of his duels overall.
The Brazilian has shown that he can perform consistently to a high level in the Spanish top flight, which suggests that he could have a good chance of being able to do the same in England. There are no guarantees that he would replicate such form for Newcastle, but his performances for Sevilla are superb and show that the basic defensive skills are in his locker.
Therefore, Howe will be glad to learn of the club’s renewed attempts to sign the 28-year-old and that they are not willing to give up after just one offer for his services. Whether or not he arrives for £40m remains to be seen, but the ex-Bournemouth boss will be delighted with the efforts being made to try and bring this prospective transfer to fruition.