Newcastle United are “optimistic” that a second bid for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos could be enough to push a deal through this month, according to The Daily Telegraph’s Luke Edwards.
What’s the latest Newcastle United transfer news?
After such a poor season defensively, plenty of names have been linked with moves to St James’ Park.
While the pursuit of Sven Botman may well have ended in disappointment with Lille refusing to sell, Carlos is another thought to be high on the club’s agenda. Edwards, reacting to the news broken by colleague Jason Burt, said: “There is some optimism that progress will be made and hope is to get it done before the weekend but nothing agreed yet.”
How much could Diego Carlos cost Newcastle?
talkSPORT, meanwhile, have suggested the bid is around £28m.
Given Kieran Trippier is thought to have cost around £12m and Chris Wood could join for up to £25m, it is quite feasible to imagine a situation where the club spend £65m in the first transfer window under the PIF ownership. Whatever the issues they may have had when it came to sacking Steve Bruce too late in the day, that is a statement of intent.
Who is Diego Carlos and what is his style of play?
A Brazilian central defender, the 28-year-old moved to the Spanish club from Nantes back in 2019 after starting his career with Deportivo Brasil.
According to FBREF data, Carlos ranks within Europe’s leading 82% at least for progressive passes played and average pass completion rate per game of central defenders playing in the five major leagues over the past year. Perhaps, then, he could offer Eddie Howe the chance to build from the back, something his Bournemouth team did to great success until their 2020 relegation.