Sevilla are willing to listen to offers for in-demand defender Diego Carlos this summer, claim reports in Spain, amid links with Liverpool and Manchester City.
Carlos has had a positive season at the heart of the Sevilla defence. The Brazilian has played in 34 La Liga matches, settling in instantly during his first season in Spain.
He may not be staying there much longer, though, as his form has seen his value skyrocket. And that’s why Sevilla are prepared to let him go, according to Marca.
The Spanish side are not under pressure to raise funds, but know they have a big opportunity to make a major capital gain on a player that could increase their long-term financial stability.
Therefore, they are happy to sell Carlos – with Marca even saying they are “looking forward” to doing so.
That may have put Premier League suitors on alert. Liverpool is a potential destination, with Carlos earmarked as the perfect partner for Virgil Van Dijk at centre-back.
Some critics have dubbed Jurgen Klopp’s title winning side as one of the strongest ever. However, to maintain their position at the top in the long-term, they could be looking for defensive upgrades.
Manchester City are also said to be interested, after struggling for depth at centre-back this season. Their failure to replace Vincent Kompany last summer was a major factor in them conceding their Premier League crown to Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola has had to convert Fernandinho and Rodri into defenders at times this season. Adding a more natural centre-back would boost their chances next season.
The report says Carlos’ strength is the main reason he appeals to Liverpool and City. His durability since the re-start of La Liga shows he is capable of competing regularly at the top level.
If either of the title rivals want to sign Carlos, they may have to pay as much as his €75m release clause. If activated, that would see Sevilla sell him for €60m more than they paid for him.
Reports in May highlighted Arsenal as another option for Carlos – but Marca say nothing of any interest from the Gunners.
What Marca do say, though, is that Sevilla are hoping to spark a bidding war for the 27-year-old. However, it is not yet clear who else may join the race.