Arsenal interested in signing Sevilla defender Diego Carlos – Telegraph

A report in the English media on Sunday has linked Arsenal with Sevilla defender Diego Carlos.

Sevilla standout

Carlos, 27, only joined Sevilla last summer from French outfit Nantes.

Sevilla are understood to have paid somewhere in the region of £13.5m for the stopper, which has since proven quite the bargain.

The Brazilian featured in 35 of the Spanish outfit’s 38 La Liga outings throughout 2019/20, scoring twice along the way.

It’s also worth noting that Sevilla, with Carlos, of course, a key contributor, managed to secure the third-best defensive record in the Spanish top-flight, with only champions Real Madrid and the always defensively sound Atletico Madrid having conceded fewer goals.

Arsenal linked with Diego Carlos

Such impressive displays on the part of Carlos, meanwhile, have seemingly begun to attract interest from some top sides.

We covered a report from the Transfer Window Podcast earlier this month which claimed that Carlos was one of the centre-back targets being looked at by Manchester City.

And now it seems that another Premier League outfit, in the form of Arsenal, are also eyeing the Sevilla man.

According to the Telegraph, Arsenal are interested in signing Carlos, as they look to overhaul their squad.

Can Arsenal afford Carlos?

However, Arsenal fans probably shouldn’t get their hopes up too much when it comes to landing Carlos.

It’s been clear for some time now that Arsenal have been hit pretty hard by the Covid-19 crisis, making it unlikely that they will be splashing out big on reinforcements this summer.

So, when it comes to Carlos, will the Gunners actually be able to afford him?

The aforementioned report from the Transfer Window podcast didn’t suggest that Sevilla are in a better position to negotiate after securing Champions League football.

Sunday’s report from the Telegraph, though, claims that the defender has a release clause of £68m.

It is added that Sevilla may accept less than that for Carlos, but not much less, with a sum of around £54m touted. The Telegraph conclude that such a fee may prove to be too high for the Gunners.

It’s also worth noting that Carlos is contracted to Sevilla until 2024, putting the Spanish side in a strong position when it comes to negotiations.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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