Comments from Sevilla’s Sporting Director today seems to have officially concluded Newcastle’s long pursuit of Diego Carlos. Monchi told i sport’s Mark Douglas that The Brazilian will not be leaving in this window despite Newcastle’s very respectable offer.
He left open the door for summer business at a similar price but the difficulties of finding a suitable replacement in the notoriously difficult January window ultimately forced him to turn Newcastle away multiple times.
The Magpies have now been forced to move on from both preferred center-back targets as a similar resistance was met from Lille for Sven Botman. The 22-year-old Dutchman is likely to be a summer target should Newcastle survive this campaign.
Newcastle may have turned their attention to another Brazilian center-back in Galatasaray’s Marcao. The player was previously linked by the Turkish press in the summer of 2020 when Newcastle were pushing to land Arsenal’s Rob Holding on loan.
TuttoMercatoWeb is reporting that Marcao is on Newcastle’s list of options now that the move for Diego Carlos has ended in defeat. The 25-year-old shares similar attributes to his countryman and is valued at a fraction of the price at £12.5m.
The ball-playing center-back can also push forward into a defensive midfield role. Interestingly, he is left-footed which is a characteristic Eddie Howe would like more options of at center-half.
Marcao moved to Galatasaray for £3.4m in January of 2019 from Portuguese club Chaves. He has since made over 120 appearances, including 24 this season. Like many Super Lig clubs, Galatasaray could be willing sellers.