According to a recent report by El Desmarque (translated by The Daily Star), Liverpool are poised to beat Real Madrid in the chase to secure the signature of Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos next summer. The same source has also stated that the Reds have already agreed terms with the Brazilian defender and are willing to pay his £64m (€75m) release clause to land him at the end of this campaign.
It is believed that the Merseyside outfit are looking for an ideal centre-back partner for Virgil Van Dijk and are prepared to sign the La Liga defender as a candidate for that role.
Diego Carlos’ Impressive Season In The Spanish Top-Flight
Carlos has enjoyed a brilliant season at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium helping his team climb up the league table. The Spanish outfit are currently sitting in third place after conceding 17 goals in 18 matches. Their stellar defensive record has partly been down to Carlos’ incredible contributions at the back.
The ex-Nantes defender has featured in 20 matches for Sevilla this term, scoring two goals in the process. He has averaged 1.3 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 5.0 clearances per game in the Spanish top-flight (stats via whoscored). However, Carlos is yet to earn his senior cap for the Brazilian national side.
What Will The Brazilian Talent Add To Klopp’s Side?
Carlos is a deceptively quick centre-half who is physically dominant and can command his own box with authority and conviction. He can also make some crucial tackles for his side and is quite productive when mopping up the danger at the back. The Brazilian is also comfortable at passing the ball out from the back, which makes him a good fit for Jurgen Klopp’s style of play at Anfield.
Will Carlos’ Acquisition Be A Wise Move For The Reds?
If given the right environment, Carlos can be nurtured into a top talent. Klopp might just be the perfect man to get the best out of him as he has terrific man-management skills and the experience to develop young talent. He will not only add more quality to the backline but will also improve the overall depth of the Reds squad.
Hence, it could prove to be a wise move for the European champions if they can figure out a way to bring Carlos to Merseyside at the end of this season. The fact that Dejan Lovren only has 18 months remaining on his Anfield contract suggests that the Sevilla centre-back might come in at the right time as a long-term replacement for the Croatia international.
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