Manchester City see Sevilla defender Diego Carlos as one of their leading transfer targets this summer, with the Brazilian viewed as a more financially viable alternative to Kalidou Koulibaly.
City have yet to meaningfully replace the presence of Vincent Kompany since the Belgian departed for Anderlecht. 19-year-old Eric Garcia has emerged as the first-choice partner to Aymeric Laporte, but Pep Guardiola is believed to be keen to shuffle his defensive options once the season is over, with the futures of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi up in the air.
Koulibaly has been the obvious target, but even with his reduced asking price, he would set City back around £75m. For a 29-year-old, off the back of a disappointing domestic season, City and a host of other clubs may see that as a little steep.
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The Telegraph say that is the case, anyway, as they claim that City's search for alternatives has led them to Seville, where they now see Carlos as one of their primary targets.
The 27-year-old Brazilian has been one of the best defenders in La Liga this season after signing from Nantes last year, with his aerial presence and ability to play out from the back among the attributes which have caught the eye of Guardiola. He wouldn't come cheap, but wouldn't cost the £75m Napoli are asking for, while his age and lower wage bill offer increased value for money - something which has become a serious consideration in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
He could become City's second signing from Spain this summer, with a move for Valencia winger Ferran Torres reportedly close, as Guardiola looks to rebuild his team to reclaim the Premier League title from Liverpool. Inter's Milan Skriniar has also been mentioned as a potential target.
Source : 90min