The Diego Carlos to Newcastle United transfer saga was a painful part of the January transfer window.
While most of last month was spent rejoicing the new arrivals at St James’ Park, there were plenty of transfer fiascos that didn’t go our way.
Newcastle’s pursuit of centre-backs was incredibly frustrating, unable to land one until 15 minutes before the window shut. That saw Dan Burn arrive for £13million, and the local lad is enjoying a fantastic start at his boyhood club.
But before Newcastle turned to Burn, they tried and failed to bring Sevilla’s Diego Carlos to the North East.
For a long time it looked like Carlos was going to become a Geordie. It was even reported that he was expected to make his debut away at Leeds on January 22nd.
That obviously didn’t happen, with Sevilla standing firm and rejecting Newcastle’s bids for one of their star players.
Newcastle’s Diego Carlos attempts have not gone down well
According to the Daily Star, the Magpies’ efforts to sign Carlos last month have not been well received.
They have reported quotes from a source close to the defender, slamming the way Newcastle conducted themselves in January. However, the door appears to remain open for a move in the summer…
“The move could happen if they deal properly with Sevilla and offer proper money, not make a derisory offer as they did and try to bully Sevilla to sell,” the source reportedly told the Daily Star.
“Maybe with Dan Ashworth at the helm things will be done more professionally.”
This is hardly a glowing review of how the club’s new owners went about their business in January.
The issue appears to have been between the two clubs who were unable to agree a price. It had been reported that Carlos had already agreed a deal with the Magpies.
In this instance, Sevilla were always in the driving seat. They’re chasing the La Liga title, and were unwilling to lose one of their top players midway the campaign.
With the way contracts are in Spain, every player has a buyout clause, which effectively gave Sevilla total control. But Newcastle decided not to activate the buyout clause, which would’ve seen Carlos become Newcastle’s record signing.
He’s not worth that – an alleged £58.4million.
Newcastle’s owners are far from perfect, and are still getting to grips with running a football club. However, there have been other reports of how well they acted during January.
As for Carlos, will we see a fresh move in the summer? Personally, I’d be incredibly surprised if we launch a new bid.