Diego Carlos could be set for a move away from Sevilla in the summer, with Manchester City and Liverpool interested in the combative defender.
According to a report from Fichajes, Sevilla are bracing themselves for life without Diego Carlos. The imposing 28-year-old defender has impressed the onlookers with his consistent performances in La Liga and is now gunning for a move elsewhere in the summer. He is already a target for a number of clubs across Europe, including Premier League giants Manchester City and Liverpool.
Formerly of Nantes, Carlos was closely linked with a move to Premier League in January. Newcastle United, in particular, were the likely suitor for the combative centre-back, but the move did not materialise as Sevilla were holding out for a hefty valuation for their star player. It ultimately prompted NUFC to drop their interest and pursue a summer swoop instead.
However, the Magpies are set to face stiff competition from Manchester City in the pursuit of Carlos. While Pep Guardiola has no shortage of options in the central defensive unit, it appears he is open to further strengthening the overall depth of the squad, especially in case someone like Nathan Ake ends up leaving the Etihad in the summer.
Another club interested in the services of the 28-year-old Brazilian defender is Liverpool. The Reds are in imperious form in the Premier League right now but are bracing themselves for a summer of change, especially with both the first choice centre-backs in Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip heading into their 31st years.
There are also concerns over the long-term future of Joe Gomez. The Englishman has fallen out of favour under Jurgen Klopp this season, thereby attracting interest from clubs like Aston Villa and Newcastle United ahead of the summer transfer window. Villa were even closely linked with Gomez in January, but Liverpool were quick to block the move.
Liverpool have performed greatly in the market lately, with Luis Diaz the latest player to fire all cylinders after joining the Reds in January. Klopp will be hoping for a similar success with Diego Carlos, who has extensive experience at the highest level of football, having featured in 127 competitive matches for Sevilla.
Carlos’s combative style, coupled with his aggression, are ideally suited to Klopp’s system at Liverpool as well, although it remains to be seen whether Sevilla’s €45-60 million valuation of the Brazilian proves to be a major obstacle for the Merseyside giants or Manchester City in the summer.