Newcastle United may well have to end their Diego Carlos pursuit after Sevilla’s latest decision in the Brazilian centre-back’s transfer saga. The Spanish side have now chosen not to sell Carlos, instead choosing to keep him at least until the end of the season as they look to mount an unexpected title charge, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Newcastle United’s Diego Carlos Pursuit Virtually Over
Sevilla Serious About This Season as Newcastle Suffer Yet Another Transfer Blow
Sevilla evidently believe very seriously that they can go on to win the La Liga title this season. The side managed by the former boss of the Spanish national team Julen Lopetegui are posing a real threat to Real Madrid who currently top the first division in Spain. They are only four points ahead of second-place Sevilla, and with a larger gap to the next team below, this could end up turning into a two-horse race.
Sevilla’s intentions have been demonstrated by their signing of Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial on loan. The Frenchman is set to join up with Lopetegui in the hope that he can win the first league title of his career, with the deal’s completion now virtually solely hinging on official confirmation from the clubs. The Spanish side will pay Martial’s full wages.
The decision not to sell Diego Carlos is one that will provide yet another major transfer blow to Eddie Howe’s Newcastle. Having already failed to sign Sven Botman from Lille, the Magpies were desperate to complete the move for Carlos, but this now seems essentially impossible. They now have less than a week to find a new first-choice target who is interested in joining them and agree on the various financial aspects of the potential deal. This will be a particularly nervy time for the St James’ Park faithful with relegation from the Premier League a very real possibility if they are unable to improve their defence which has thus far this season been very leaky.