Newcastle will resume talks with Sevilla over the transfer of Diego Carlos after their derby match with Real Betis this weekend.
Sevilla and Betis meet in the Copa del Rey this weekend in a long-awaited clash, where both are enjoying remarkable seasons in La Liga – they are currently second and third behind Real Madrid respectively.
Newcastle have been in talks with Sevilla for more than a week about the signing of Carlos, who has emerged as one of their main transfer targets for January, and 90min understand that they will resume negotiations early next week.
The magpies know, however, that they have a little over two weeks to complete the deal and realize that it will not be easy to persuade Sevilla to sell.
Brazilian defender Carlos has been offered new terms by Sevilla to extend his current contract, which has over two years left – but he is aware that Newcastle are ready to offer him terms well over £ 100,000 a week, which would mean his salary would triple.
It is believed that Carlos is open to the idea of joining Newcastle and they are not yet willing to give up the hunt.
Newcastle failed to persuade rivals Burnley to separate from James Tarkwoski, while a move for Dutchman Sven Botman stopped after Ligue 1 champions Lille refused to talk terms.
Now Newcastle – who will have people in Spain over the weekend – will wait for Carlos to play in the derby before making a concerted effort to reach an agreement across the border, even though sources believe they will have to go to or from and with over £ 40 million.
Carlos has a release clause but Newcastle will not pay £ 66 million to land in South America.
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