Newcastle: Fresh update on Magpies reviving interest in £67m star

Nobody around Newcastle United is ‘talking about’ the possibility of signing Sevilla defender Diego Carlos ahead of the summer transfer window, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The Magpies had an offer rejected for the 29-year-old in January, but it seems as though they are unlikely to revive their interest when the market reopens for business.

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According to Sky Sports, Newcastle made a £30 million bid for Carlos during the winter window, which was matched by an unnamed London-based club.

The Brazilian even submitted a transfer request in order to try and force through a move to the St. James’ Park outfit, yet an agreement could not be reached between the two clubs.

Sevilla were believed to be willing to sell Carlos, who won a gold medal at last summer’s Tokyo Olympics, if their asking price of €45m (£37.9m) was met.

However, Newcastle were unwilling to match that figure and instead opted to bring in Dan Burn from Brighton and Hove Albion for a fraction of the price.

And since then, The Mirror have revealed that Sevilla have ramped up the South American’s release clause to a whopping £67m, meaning a future deal is perhaps even more unlikely.

What has Jones said about Carlos?

Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie has previously told GiveMeSport that he expects Newcastle to bring in up to two central defenders ahead of next season.

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However, after ‘asking people around the club’, Jones doesn’t believe that Carlos is high up on Eddie Howe’s wish list anymore.

In an exclusive interview, he told GMS: “Asking people around the club in the last week or so, it doesn’t really seem to be one that people are talking about.”

Who else could Newcastle sign?

Newcastle were also heavily linked to Lille’s Sven Botman in January, and co-owner Amanda Staveley previously revealed a deal for the 6 foot 5 ace could come to fruition at the end of the season.

In an interview with The Athletic, she claimed that the Netherlands Under-21 international ‘desperately wanted to come’ to St James’ Park in the winter and still ‘very much’ does.

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Italian giants AC Milan are also thought be keen on Botman’s signature, though, and the lure of Champions League football may be too good to turn down.

One player who Newcastle should have no problems attracting to the club is Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly. Football Insider claim that Howe is eager to be reunited with his former player, and there should be few obstacles in his way.

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