Liverpool in the battle to sign €50m-rated South American defender

The start of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign is only five weeks away, and to that end, football clubs need to get their transfer business done quickly. Reds have been quiet in the market so far, though there’s a possibility of acquiring Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos as the replacement for Dejan Lovren.

However, there appears to be one sticking point to that particular deal at present. Andalusians are in no mood to negotiate with Liverpool on the Brazilian centre-back’s price. His release clause at £68m, and it the current market, that might well be beyond last campaign’s PL champions.

The German tactician will need to bolster in the position because if either Joe Gomez or Virgil van Dijk were to be injured, the Merseyside giants are a little thin on the ground where defenders are concerned.

Given that bringing in footballers late in a transfer window is almost certain to upset club equilibrium, the next couple of weeks could be crucial to getting any deal over the line. A combative and strong centre-back, Diego is happy to use his significant muscle to ease opponents off the ball.

Carlos battles well in the air and is comfortable with both feet, despite being a right-footer playing on the left side of the back-line. The Brazilian can dive into a tackle, which might not translate as well to the PL but it’s his clearances which set him above others, averaging five per match, the joint-most in Spain this campaign.

The 27-year-old defender’s long-range passing is also something which makes him a possible additional, especially for those teams who like to play more direct cross-field balls.