Newcastle United need to sign a centre-back during the transfer window, and it looks like Diego Carlos is the favourite.
It was reported on Tuesday night that the 28-year-old has handed in a transfer request to leave Sevilla this month. It has also been claimed by Fabrizio Romano that he has agreed a five-year deal with the Magpies.
With personal terms reportedly agreed, all Newcastle need to do is agree a fee with Sevilla and Carlos should be theirs.
However, reports in Spain suggest a move isn’t that advanced.
According to Orgullo De Nervion, a local outlet in Seville, Carlos has travelled to Valencia for tonight’s La Liga game. Sevilla are currently second in the table, five points behind Real Madrid with a game in hand.
With Los Blancos in cup action this week, Sevilla have the chance to close the gap to two points if they can beat Valencia this evening.
But will Newcastle-bound Carlos play?
Tonight should tell us a lot about potential Diego Carlos transfer
If Diego Carlos is in the Sevilla squad tonight then perhaps a deal isn’t as close as rumoured. The fact he’s travelled suggests he will be, unless Newcastle have an offer accepted before kick off.
All eyes will be on 7.30pm to see if the Brazilian is named in Julen Lopetegui’s starting XI. But the only starting XI Toon fans want to see Carlos in is Newcastle’s on Saturday afternoon.
The Guardian have claimed that he could make his debut against Leeds if he arrives in time. That would be a huge boost ahead of what is set to be another crucial game for the Magpies.
But the fact that Carlos has travelled to Valencia for tonight’s game appears to indicate that a deal definitely won’t be completed today.