Newcastle are closing in on a deal for Diego Carlos but still face competition to sign the Sevilla defender from another Premier League club, who is believed to be in London.
All parties are hopeful a deal can be reached for Carlos, who submitted a transfer request on Tuesday but played for Sevilla in their 1-1 draw with Valencia a day later.
Sevilla want Carlos to play against Celta Vigo on Saturday and will then be much more likely to let him go for a suitable offer.
Newcastle have reportedly made a £30million bid for the Brazilian defender, but it has been matched by a Premier League rival, with the club in question being based in London.
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The 28-year-old will choose which club he wants to sign for, but the unnamed London side wouldn’t be West Ham or Arsenal.
Chelsea attempted to sign Sevilla’s other centre-back, Jules Kounde, last summer.
An Italian club have also submitted a bid for Carlos but it is believed to be worth less than the fee offered by English sides.
Sevilla are ready to sell Carlos – who was part of Brazil’s gold medal-winning squad at the Tokyo Olympics last summer – if the asking price is met.
However, Newcastle are unwilling to pay more than they think Carlos is worth and have other centre-back goals he can pursue.
The Magpies are keen on Benoit Badiashile, but the Monaco defender’s current injury and €60m (£49.9m) asking price are significant hurdles to any deal.
Newcastle are also interested in Attila Szalai, although AC Milan are also tracking the Fenerbahce defender, who is reportedly priced at around €20m (£16.6m).
The Premier League side also made offers for Sven Botman this month but have so far failed to match Lille’s £36m asking price.
Eddie Howe’s desire to improve his defense is understandable, with Newcastle having conceded 43 goals in 20 Premier League games this season. Only Norwich have a worse defensive record.
Leicester, meanwhile, are not interested in a deal for Carlos.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is reconsidering his plans to target a centre-back on loan in January, partly because the team’s injury problems are easing and partly because Leicester’s recruitment team are struggling to find a player of the right profile.
“Carlos has the option of London and must decide where he wants to go”
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Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol:
“The latest information we have on Newcastle’s move for Diego Carlos is that Sevilla want to keep him for their game this weekend. After that, Sevilla are expected to agree a deal – so it will be up to the player to decide where he wants to go.
“He has an offer from Newcastle and they have been in charge, but there is also another Premier League club in London who have made an offer for him. We believe that matches the offer that Newcastle have made, which is around £30m I think this weekend the player himself will have to decide where he wants to go.
“I’m not in a position to say which club it is, but I know for a fact that Spurs have had a long interest in the player and have been watching him closely for a long time.
“But then I guess you could also make the case for Chelsea because Antonio Rudiger could leave, Andreas Christensen could also leave in the summer, maybe they’re looking for a centre-back. But I don’t haven’t heard of them being linked to Diego Carlos.
“If you’re a Newcastle United fan, I think you’re going to have to wait until the weekend. That other club that came on the scene complicated the issue.”
“Carlos is a very competitive central defender”
South American football expert Tim Vickery told Sky Sports News:
“Carlos walked the difficult path. He passed through Portugal and France before arriving in Spain and making a name for himself there.
“He has a lot to offer. He’s a very competitive centre-back with an air of swagger and class about him.
“Yes there are mistakes in him and yes he can be reckless but I think he has a lot to offer Newcastle or another Premier League club.
“If Newcastle are to be their destination, they are a huge club. Why wouldn’t you want to be part of a huge project to get a club back on its feet and compete for honours again?”
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