Newcastle United for talks with Sevilla about a deal for midfielder Diego Carlos, 90min understand.
After already recruiting Kieran Trippier from La Liga this month, the Magpies are now in talks with another player based in Spain.
In addition, they have approached people like Everton’s Lucas Digne, Freiburg’s Nico Schlotterbeck and Sven Botman from Lille recently, but those deals have stopped with the players who were not convinced by a move to Tyneside.
However, sources have confirmed for 90min that the Brazilian stopper seems to be open to the idea of a move to St James’ Park, or at least Newcastle think he is.
However, they have seen an opening bid of 28 million pounds rejected by Sevilla, with sports director Monchi in talks with Carlos about a new contract.
Los Nervionenses, who are enjoying an excellent season and are currently second in La Liga, face the prospect of losing their entire central defense in January when Chelsea speak to them again about Jules Konde.
Kounde’s summer move may agree this month, but Newcastle’s intentions are to get Carlos now and they want the deal tied before their next Premier League match with Watford on 15 January.
The Magpies are ready to test Sevilla’s determination to keep the player and are expected to increase their approach to over 35 million pounds in the coming days.
Carlos’ current release clause is set at £ 65 million and even Newcastle look unlikely to go to that extreme – but 90min understand that they may have to bid over £ 40 million to get him.
Spanish sources have pointed out that a plus point with this early approach is that it gives Sevilla time to get a replacement signed, should the need arise.
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