Newcastle are considering pulling the plug on negotiations to sign top defensive target Diego Carlos due to their lack of progress in club-to-club
Newcastle are considering pulling the plug on negotiations to sign top defensive target Diego Carlos due to their lack of progress in club-to-club talks with Sevilla and the mixed messages they’re receiving from the Spanish side, Express Sport understands. The Magpies are understood to have tabled two bids for the Brazilian – worth in the region of £25million and £30m – but Sevilla are adamant Newcastle must raise their offer to around £50m before there’s a chance of significant progress due to the player’s £67m release clause.
Newcastle have already struck an agreement with the player over a lucrative five-year contract. Personal terms are also understood to have been agreed.
Yet negotiating a fee with Sevilla has proved far from straightforward, particularly with the Andalusians seemingly against a mid-season, January sale.
Sources with knowledge of the situation have now relayed to Express Sport that Newcastle are strongly considering walking away from the table to pursue alternative targets, after losing patience with Sevilla.
Although it must be noted, the stance could potentially be a tactic to entice Sevilla into softening their position over a sale.
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The board are cautious of being held to ransom this month, particularly now they are officially the richest club in the world and fighting for Premier League survival.
However, Newcastle could in fact now move on to explore other targets, the identities of which remain unknown.
Monaco’s 20-year-old defender Benoit Badiashile remains of interest despite the muscle injury he picked up in his side’s 0-0 draw at Nantes, while other targets remain under examination.
Last night, Sevilla spurned the chance to move within two points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid following a 1-1 draw at Valencia.
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With Carlos’ centre-back partner Jules Kounde absent, Sevilla are tentative to lose both of their first-choice central defenders, as within the club, there’s genuine belief they have an outside chance of challenging for the title.
Speaking after the game, 28-year-old Carlos appeared to hint he’ll be staying at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, which may have also contributed to Newcastle’s fresh concern over a deal.
He told Ultima Hora: “I have a lot of time left here (in Seville).”
Sevilla’s assistant boss Pablo Sanz also relayed to the media that the club believe Carlos will be staying put this month: “I think Diego Carlos will be until the end of the season.”