Diego Carlos is heading to the Premier League this summer, but he isn’t joining Newcastle United.
The defender was one of Newcastle’s main January targets, and at one point it looked all but certain that he would leave Sevilla for the North East of England.
The Magpies targeted deals for Sven Botman and Carlos, but were rebuffed in both pursuits. It was claimed that the latter had agreed a deal to move to St James’ Park, while there was speculation he could even make his Toon debut away to Leeds on January 22nd.
However, a fee couldn’t be agreed with Sevilla. They played hardball and kept hold of the centre-back.
Carlos has since been tentatively linked with a move to Newcastle, although he was described as ‘one for January only‘, hinting the Toon hierarchy would look elsewhere in the summer.
That appears to be the case, but it isn’t stopping the 29-year-old coming to the Premier League.
Aston Villa to sign Carlos for £26million
News broke on Thursday evening that Aston Villa had agreed a deal to sign Carlos from Sevilla.
Steven Gerrard’s side have been very busy even before the transfer window has officially opened, completing deals for Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara. And now Carlos joins that impressive list.
The defender will cost Villa £26million, which is less than what Newcastle offered in January. PIF put £30million on the table, but Sevilla said no as they continued to challenge for the La Liga title.
They decided to keep a hold of one of their star players in their quest for glory, but it didn’t pay off. They finished fourth in La Liga, and were knocked out in the Round of 16 of the Europa League.
Now they’ve decided to cash in on Carlos, but he’s heading to Villa Park instead of St James’.
Why Carlos isn’t joining Newcastle
They claim that the club were aware of Villa’s interest, but distanced themselves because of Sven Botman. He’s the defender Eddie Howe wants, preferring to sign the Dutchman over Carlos.
Therefore, Newcastle left Villa to have a free run at the man who nearly became a Geordie in January.
Newcastle are reportedly confident they can sign Botman this summer. The 22-year-old is one of Europe’s most in-demand defenders, and has been described as a ‘machine’ by teammate Jose Fonte.
Hopefully Botman does join and thrives in a Toon shirt to justify Howe’s Carlos decision.