Newcastle United are edging closer and closer to the signing of Diego Carlos from Sevilla.
News broke on Tuesday night that the 28-year-old was handing in a transfer request to force through a move to St James’ Park.
This was a big hurdle, as it shows just how willing Carlos is to join the Magpies.
The main thing Newcastle need to do now is agree a fee with the La Liga side, as it looks like everything is sorted between us and the player.
That’s because Fabrizio Romano claims that a contract has been agreed. He wrote on Twitter: “Diego Carlos has agreed personal terms with Newcastle on potential five year deal. No doubt on player side.”
Newcastle finally set to land the centre-back they need in Diego Carlos
The pursuit of a centre-back has been painful this month. While it’s been infinitely more exciting than Januarys in years gone by, it’s been frustrating to see us struggle to sign a central defender.
We’ve been desperate for one all season – our defensive ranks have been the same for years and regressed. The last centre-back to arrive was Federico Fernandez in 2018.
Mistake after mistake from the current crop has increased the need for someone new to arrive, which is why this Carlos development feels like such a big deal.
It has been reported for a while that he’s keen on joining Newcastle. Now handing in a transfer request should force Sevilla’s hand. They now have a player who has officially stated he doesn’t want to be there.
With a contract already agreed, this deal will hopefully be finalised in time for Carlos to face Leeds on Saturday.
And with a five-year agreement in place, the Brazilian appears to be here for the long haul. It will be the longest contract handed out by PIF so far, with both Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood only signing until the summer of 2024.