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

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

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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