Newcastle have not yet given up hope of signing Sevilla's Diego Carlos, who is now valued at €45m (£37.7m); Carlos hopes deal can be done and is keen on move; Newcastle's talks with Manchester United for Jesse Lingard break down
Friday 28 January 2022 07:20, UK
There is still a small chance that Newcastle could sign Diego Carlos, but hopes of bringing Jesse Lingard to Tyneside are fading.
Sevilla have publicly ruled out the prospect of Brazilian defender Carlos leaving but people working on the deal are not giving up yet.
Meanwhile, Newcastle will be able to sign the 28-year-old if they offer Sevilla €45m (£37.7m) for the centre-back.
Carlos has turned down the offer of a new contract at Sevilla and would like to move to Newcastle, as Sky Sports News reported last week, but the Premier League club are currently refusing to pay more than about €30m (£25.1m).
Sevilla, who are currently second in La Liga and chasing their first title in 75 years, offered to almost double Carlos' wages to match what he is being offered by Newcastle.
Sevilla consider €45m to be a fair price for a world-class defender who has been watched closely by Real Madrid, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal.
They feel that if Newcastle were willing to spend £25m on 31-year-old Burnley forward Chris Wood, then €45m is a fair price for Carlos.
However, it is thought Newcastle were initially informed the player would be available for around €30m and are beginning to feel that whatever they offer, Sevilla will continue to stall. Because of that, they are now looking elsewhere for defensive reinforcements.
Carlos, for his part, is still hoping Sevilla can agree on terms for him to move to Newcastle but is aware that time is running out to complete any deal.
He told Sevilla last week that he wanted to move to Newcastle but also respects his club's position that they will not let him go unless their valuation is met.
Newcastle have significant finances available, but will not be taken advantage of in the transfer window.
Another Premier League club has also offered to pay €35m (£29.2m) for Carlos but a player swap is believed to have been part of the proposed deal.
Football intermediary Kenneth Asquez told Sky Sports:
"It has never been Sevilla's intention to sell Diego Carlos unless an out-of-market offer comes in.
"The challenge with Real Madrid for the league doesn't come around very often and so they don't want to weaken their team by selling their most consistent defender this season.
"Monchi doesn't want to sell him and the player hasn't made any noises either. Carlos' family is fully settled here since arriving from Nantes three years ago.
"If Monchi was to sell both Carlos and Jules Kounde this summer, easily they have got a market value of €50m. They're worth it. Carlos for me, along with Eder Militao at Real Madrid, has been the best defender in the league this season.
"The way it can impact a team, a central defender comes at a premium nowadays. Monchi told me that Newcastle are going to have to throw the kitchen sink at this, otherwise it's not going to happen."
Newcastle United have all but given up hope of signing Jesse Lingard.
The issue centres around the loan fee, with Newcastle and Manchester United a long way apart on this valuation. One source has told Sky Sports News the deal is now dead.
Newcastle were prepared to pay a fee for Lingard as well as the player's full wages, and had been pushing hard to sign the England international before the end of the January transfer window.
Lingard himself has no intention of remaining at Old Trafford and was keen to go somewhere where he could play regular football.
Newcastle are now expected to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements. Lingard can leave for free in the summer and has no intention of remaining at Old Trafford beyond this season.
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