Liverpool rumoured to be competing with Arsenal for Sevilla defender’s signature

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Liverpool are reported to be chasing the signature of Sevilla defender Diego Carlos before the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

The Brazilian centre-back helped Sevilla to a Champions League qualification spot, finishing 4th in LaLiga with just six league defeats all season. Sevilla also had the third-best defensive record in the Spanish top flight, behind only Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.

Reports in the Mirror claim the 27-year-old has a release clause of £68 million but that it’s possible could accept a bid of around £54 million.

However, with Liverpool having pulled out of a deal for Chelsea-bound Timo Werner and stalling on their pursuit of Thiago Alcântara from FC Bayern, it’s very unlikely The Reds will be spending big on a centre-half.

Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are the first-choice centre-backs in Jürgen Klopp’s full-strength starting eleven. Dejan Lovren has left for Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg meaning the only other senior centre-half in the Liverpool squad is Joël Matip.

Ki-Jana Hoever is a young option who can play at either centre-back or right-back while Fabinho can also deputise at the heart of the defence.

As it stands, Liverpool do need another centre-back to provide some squad depth but it’s unlikely they will be paying anything more than £20 million. This means a young player with plenty of potential could be snapped up instead of a big-money signing like Diego Carlos.

Whether Carlos is snapped up by Arsenal, we’ll have to wait and see.

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