It appears that Newcastle have all but thrown in the towel in their chase for Sevilla center-back Diego Carlos. This weeks-long saga looks to be all but over as Newcastle are not willing to meet Sevilla’s extortionary demands for the 28-year-old.
Newcastle were hopeful a deal could be reached earlier in the window when they were quoted £30m. However, the price continued to rise leaving Newcastle frustrated and in a quandary as so much time has been expended on the negotiations.
Here is an update from Sky Sports’ Pete Graves on this spiraling situation.
#nufc ready to walk away from Diego Carlos deal. It's thought original price quoted was €30m but Sevilla changed (??) numerous times. Tough on player who's desperate to sign. Newcastle now actively looking elsewhere. They have money, won't be taken advantage of. @SkySportsNews
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesTV) January 25, 2022
Newcastle were hopeful of adding two center-backs when the window opened. They immediately made the move for top target Sven Botman. However, Lille made it crystal clear the young Dutchman was not for sale.
Diego Carlos was the second target identified as the club planned to revamp the backline. But it now looks like both negotiations will end in deep disappointment for Newcastle.
There is little time to wallow in despair as at least one center-back must be added by close of business Monday. There are plenty of alternative targets that now must be worked on.
The Mail is reporting that the focus could now shift to Liverpool’s Nat Phillips, who is valued in the £10m-£15m range. Newcastle are seeking an initial loan with an obligation to buy should we survive.
Adding only Phillips would likely be seen as a failure for such an area of need. So hopefully, another center-back of the stature of Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic or Fenerbahce’s Attila Szalai are also being considered.
There is similar frustration in the pursuit of left-back Robin Gosens of Atalanta. Fabrizio Romano is now reporting that the 27-year-old’s destination will likely be Inter Milan if he leaves in this window.
Inter are now in advanced talks with Atalanta for Robin Gosens. Negotiations progressing in order to complete the agreement immediately. ??? #Inter
Inter are leading the race over Newcastle to sign Gosens – while Stefano Sensi leaves the club to join Sampdoria on loan. pic.twitter.com/qVTdFXqf0r
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 25, 2022