An update has emerged regarding Newcastle United and their efforts to sign Sevilla enforcer Diego Carlos…
Sky Sports reporter Pete Graves has revealed that the Magpies are now set to abandon their pursuit of the Brazilian defender due to issues with his parent club’s negotiations.
He tweeted: “# ready to walk away from Diego Carlos deal. It’s thought original price quoted was €30m but Sevilla changed () numerous times. Tough on player who’s desperate to sign. Newcastle now actively looking elsewhere. They have money, won’t be taken advantage of.”
This comes after his colleague Kaveh Solhekol claimed that the Spanish club were ready to work on a transfer for a set price of £38m.
He told The Transfer Show, via Football Daily: “I sense there is a bit of momentum building today from the few people I’ve spoken to and they seem to be saying if Newcastle offer €45m, £38m, then there is a deal there to be done.
“I think it is a question of money now. Money talks, of course, in the transfer market and Sevilla, historically, always play hardball when it comes to transfers. Why wouldn’t they?”
Newcastle fans will surely be left devastated by this news, as it suggests that Carlos will not be lining up for the Magpies this season.
The supporters will be devasted because the Brazilian could have been a sublime signing for the club. He has been in terrific form for Sevilla this season and could have improved Eddie Howe’s starting XI. The 28-year-old has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.13 this term, helping his team to an impressive haul of 10 clean sheets in 21 league matches.
This suggests that he is able to perform consistently to a high level and could have come to England and replicated his displays for the Toon, helping them to keep shutouts in the Premier League. Therefore, he could have been a key player for Newcastle by winning them points with his stout defending.
Spanish football analyst Domagoj Kostanjšak previously compared him to other defenders in Europe and heaped praise on the centre-back, saying: “He’s a really physical player – he’s built like a tank and they don’t call him ‘The Beast’ for no reason. He’s really good in the air and he’s decent on the ball as well – you have to be under Julen Lopetegui.
“He’s been in my top three or four centre-backs in Spain this season, along with Raphael Varane and Inigo Martinez – he’s been a bit of a revelation. He’s playing the best football of his career and he immediately settled in. I would say there is a shade of Kalidou Koulibaly about him – not the same quality, of course, but I would compare him to him.”
This highlights the standard at which Carlos has been playing of late, coupled with his statistics, and this is why Newcastle fans will be gutted that the club are now set to miss out on a deal for him due to Sevilla’s antics.