Diego Carlos transfer view revealed as Newcastle prepare summer bid for Sevilla defender

Sevilla sporting director Monchi believes Diego Carlos had “mental comings and goings” over a potential move to Newcastle United as the La Liga club prepare for a summer bid from the Magpies.

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The Brazilian centre-back has been once of the most consistent defenders in Spain’s top tier since joining Sevilla from French side Nantes in a £13.5million move in July 2019.

Carlos has made over 120 appearances for the Andalusian club and helped them claim the Europa League with a 3-2 win over Italian giants Inter in August 2020.

His form has led to interest from the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea - but it was Newcastle that pushed hardest to take the defender to the Premier League during the January transfer window.

The Magpies were looking to make a serious impact during their first transfer window under the ownership of a Saudi-led consortium and they are believed to have submitted several unsuccessful bids for Carlos.

Their initial interest in the centre-back eventually came to an end in the closing days of the window when they turned their attention towards a deal for Brighton defender Dan Burn.

However, the Magpies are expected to make another push to add Carlos to their squad at the end of the season.

That has left Sevilla preparing for bids for two of their defenders with Chelsea expected to reignite their interest in Carlos’ centre-back partner Jules Kounde.

Monchi spoke of Newcastle’s move for Carlos recently and admitted that the bids had made an impact with one of their key players.

“Newcastle’s effort for Diego Carlos has been very strong,” he told La Colina de Nervion.

“They really went for it, but the club had an idea, a scenario, and they didn’t budge from that.

“Their offer was important, respectful, and even Diego has had his mental comings and goings, but he has ended up satisfied.”

Carlos is expected to play a major role in Sevilla’s bid for this season’s La Liga title and will be in their squad for their the first leg of their Europe League Round of 32 tie against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.

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