Report: Newcastle ready to make club-record equalling bid for lightening quick South American star
Newcastle United could match their transfer record to sign Brazilian defender, Diego Carlos, from Sevilla during the January transfer window.
Carlos has emerged as Eddie Howe’s top defensive target this month, and according to Talksport, the Magpies are preparing a second bid for the South American powerhouse. Talksport claim a £25m offer has been turned down by the La Liga side. However, Newcastle are now said to be eyeing a move which could see them pay as much as £40m.
That fee, of course, would match the cost of another Brazilian in their squad, Joelinton. The forward – now a converted midfielder under how – was signed for £40m by former boss, Steve Bruce.
Newcastle are set to unveil the signing of Kieran Trippier this morning but PIF are not planning on stopping with the incomings just yet. Carlos, 28, is seen as the ideal man to step in to the backline alongside Trippier.
The Sevilla man starred for Brazil in the summer Olympics. While in Tokyo, he helped his country to the gold medal, thus further enhancing his reputation. He has been watched by other PL clubs in the past, including Liverpool.
TBR’s View: Newcastle Mean Business With £40m Diego Carlos Bid
It doesn’t look like PIF are messing about, does it? First Trippier and now Carlos. It means Newcastle’s defence could have a different look about it almost immediately.
Carlos, for what it’s worth, is a class act. Newcastle need immediate upgrades and the Brazilian is certainly that.
He’s quick for his size, reads the game very well, and has experience of playing for one of Spain’s top clubs in both La Liga and Europe. Certainly, he is better than what the Toon already have in the squad. He’s previously been lauded for his pace, with a former coach branding the defender ‘dynamic and intense’ in his work.
£40m is pocket change to PIF. But in fairness to them, it shows they mean business as Newcastle owners.