Manchester City have turned their attention to Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos, according to reports.
Pep Guardiola wants to bolster his defensive ranks ahead of the new Premier League season to cut the gap with Liverpool. He has already added Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, but wants another option to start alongside Aymeric Laporte.
To date, his main target has been Kalidou Koulibaly. The Napoli defender is one of the best players in the world in his position, but negotiations are not easy.
However, reports over the weekend suggested this could be a critical few days if City want to make a new offer for the Senegal international.
Now, Sport claim that City are not willing to meet the €85m asking price for Koulibaly. That’s because it would not be a worthwhile investment for a 29-year-old.
Therefore, they have switched focus to other targets. The report claims that Sevilla’s Diego Carlos is now firmly on their wishlist.
Carlos has been linked with a move to Liverpool or Manchester United recently. The Brazilian had a positive season with Sevilla, leading to victory in the Europa League, but the Spanish club could cash in on him.
According to Sport, City are now considering a bid for the 27-year-old. They know he is in his prime, so would instantly improve their defence.
However, first they must reduce the asking price. Carlos has a release clause of €70m, which City are not willing to pay.
Gimenez an alternative, but Pep could stick with Garcia
Alternatively, they could pursue Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez. That’s despite previous reports suggesting they had already seen a bid rejected for the Uruguayan.
However, City also have a need for defenders, and it seems likely they will look to La Liga to reinforce the role.
The report adds that if they can’t sign either of the pair, then Guardiola will show faith in Eric Garcia, despite the youngster being a target for Barcelona.
Garcia is entering the final year of his contract, but despite his uncertain future, remains ahead of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi in the pecking order.