A report earlier today gave a sliver of hope that Sevilla could cave late in the window and soften their demands over defender Diego Carlos. It was an unlikely scenario but Newcastle remained hopeful.
However, Sevilla’s Sporting Director Monchi has confirmed the 28-year-old will not be sold in this window. He concedes that Newcastle’s offer was an appropriate one but not enough for him to accept in the difficult January window.
Here are the comments Monchi told Mark Douglas of inews when asked about the situation:
“The Newcastle offer was a good offer, a respectable offer. I have to say that.
“But the offer, our board, and management team thought it wasn’t enough. It’s true that maybe it wasn’t the right time. It’s a difficult market to find a replacement for a player like Diego Carlos.
“It’s a market that takes place over a very short period of time. Maybe if that offer comes along in the summer then things might have changed.
“The offer was a very good offer, a very respectable offer but not at the best possible time.
“I was talking to Diego this morning and he’s happy. At the end of the day, he’s staying here at his club, a club that really wanted him.
“If he was really angry then maybe he would have changed his opinion but he seems happy.”
It seems that Sevilla were just not going to buckle unless an astronomical offer came in. Monchi has admitted that the notoriously difficult winter window played a large part in his decision to keep turning Newcastle away.
He also opens the door for a deal in the summer at potentially the same fee he turned down this window. That may be the time to bring in the Brazilian as well as make a renewed push for Lille’s Sven Botman.
However, all that depends on how Newcastle fare in the remaining 17 matches of this campaign.
***Here are some details of an upcoming charity event some may be interested in***
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NUFC legends team up for 2022 charity event in Gosforth
Four iconic former Newcastle United Football players are to come together for a special charity event at The Grand Hotel in Gosforth on Friday 8 April 2022. The event will reunite Kevin Keegan’s famous 90s “Entertainers” team, including former star midfielder Rob Lee, famed left-back John Beresford, former Northern Irish winger Keith Gillespie and the club’s legendary centre back and England international, Steve Howey. Featuring an auction, raffle and two-course meal, the charity event – organised by friends and NUFC nuts Les Hancock and Terry Sweeney – will be a smart-casual dinner event aimed at all supporters of the team.
Commenting on the event, John Beresford said: “I’m really looking forward to April 8th when myself, Keith Gillespie, Rob Lee and Steve Howey will head to Gosforth Park where we’re going to have a few reminisces and some entertainment to go with it. We’re going to be telling some funny stories; things you’ve probably never heard before. It’s going to be humorous, let’s put it that way! It’s all for two fantastic causes; Tiny Lives Trust and Wallsend Boys Club. I really can’t wait and I hope to see you there”
The evening is dedicated to the memory of Brian Paddison, a popular Newcastle businessman, charity fundraiser and passionate Newcastle United fan. All proceeds from the event are to go straight to Tiny Lives Trust and the legendary Wallsend Boys Club which has produced over 80 professional football players since its formation, including Alan Shearer, Alan Thompson, Steve Watson and Michael Carrick.
Tickets for the NUFC Legends Charity Evening are priced at £45 and can be purchased via email at email@example.com or over the phone by contacting organisers Les Hancock on 07779 841293 or Terry Sweeney at 07968 126622.