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Chelsea Identify This La Liga Defender As A Summer Target: Should Tuchel Move In For Him?

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In a recent report, Fichajes mentioned that Chelsea have identified Sevilla defender Diego Carlos as a summer target. However, the Blues could face competition from AS Roma if they decide to launch a move to land the Brazilian centre-half in this off-season (via Fichajes).

Carlos’ Impressive Season At The Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium

Carlos enjoyed a solid campaign at Seville recently after he produced a handful of commanding displays at the centre of Julen Lopetegui’s defence. The 28-year-old registered one goal and ten yellow cards in 46 matches for the Spanish club last season on all fronts.

The Brazilian defensive ace caught the eye with his performances in Europe as he averaged 1.1 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 3.1 clearances and 1.5 shots per game in the UEFA Champions League. He even distributed possession with a lot of conviction based on his pass completion rate of 88.4% in European football (stats via whoscored).

Carlos has already begun to prove his worth as a reliable defender at the highest level. Hence, it is no wonder that he is one of the names on Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s summer wishlist as he looks to strengthen his defensive department ahead of the new campaign.

Chelsea identify Diego Carlos as a summer target (Diego Carlos is seen in the photo)
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Should The Blues Move In For Carlos This Summer?

Standing at 1.86m, Carlos can be a dominant presence in the air as he can use his robust frame to overpower the opposition and win possession back for his team. He is always willing to get stuck in with a few tackles to hamper the opponent’s flow in the game and is not shy of clearing the danger when needed.

The Brazilian sensation is proficient at playing his way out from the back and can also be an aerial threat from indirect offensive set-pieces. He has got good defensive awareness and can command his penalty box with authority. At 28, Carlos is currently enjoying his prime, so Tuchel can expect him to make an immediate impact at the English capital if he can convince Sevilla to sell their star defender.

The La Liga defender is still under contract at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium until the summer of 2024, so it would take a big offer for Chelsea to recruit him this summer. A centre-back of Carlos’ skillset will undoubtedly enhance the quality of Tuchel’s defensive department and could go on to form a solid defensive partnership with Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger at Stamford Bridge next season.

All in all, the West London giants would be wise to move in for Carlos during this summer transfer period as he could help them bridge the gap to Manchester City and challenge for the Premier League title over the next few years.

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