Aston Villa have completed ‘more good business’ by luring Diego Carlos to Villa Park and Steven Gerrard is moving quickly in order to beat Newcastle United to shared targets, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
Gerrard had already succeeded in tying Philippe Coutinho down to a permanent deal and winning the race for Marseille defensive midfielder Boubacar Kamara before drafting in Carlos from Spanish giants Sevilla.
What’s the latest news involving Carlos?
Villa revealed on Thursday that they had reached an agreement with Sevilla for the transfer of central defender Carlos.
It is understood that the Midlands outfit have parted with £26million in order to get the deal over the line.
Forking out that sum of money resulted in Villa paying far less than the release clause written into the 29-year-old’s Sevilla contract, which was worth £67million.
Carlos was about to enter the final two years of his £52,000-per-week deal, meaning this summer was the perfect opportunity to cash-in on the Brazilian.
Villa began exploring the possibility of signing Carlos due to Gerrard looking to strengthen his defensive options and, amid long-term interest from Newcastle, the Olympic gold medallist and Europa League winner became a prime target.
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What has Dean Jones said about Carlos?
Jones believes Villa have shown they mean business by adding Carlos to the agreements reached with Coutinho and Kamara despite the summer window not officially opening until next month.
The transfer insider feels Gerrard, who was appointed as the Premier League side’s boss last November, is moving quickly in order to beat cash-rich Newcastle to signings.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “Newcastle were strongly in for Carlos too, so this is a big win for Villa and more great business.
“It’s interesting that they have quite a similar list of targets as Newcastle for the summer – that’s probably why Villa are moving so fast.”
Why was Carlos pinpointed as a target by Gerrard?
Sevilla finished the La Liga season in fourth place and were also able to boast the best defensive record in the division.
Carlos played a key role in the Spanish side having such a stringent backline, with him featuring 45 times in all competitions.
While Gerrard will have pounced for the Brazilian thanks to his defensive capabilities, he could also be of use in the opposition’s penalty area as, over the course of his club career, he has found the back of the net on 12 occasions.