Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Sevilla colossus Diego Carlos this summer, according to Spanish newspaper La Razon.
Jose Mourinho is claimed to have pushed the Spurs hierarchy to step up for the 6-foot-1 Brazilian ahead of the transfer window, although he believes he has a massive € 75million (£ 64million) release clause sterling).
However, Davinson Sanchez could be made available to send in the other direction to soften negotiations.
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The search for a new center-back should come as no surprise after football’s always reliable Alasdair Gold in London revealed that the arrival of a new defensive leader is Spurs’ top priority for next season.
Many names have resurfaced since then, including former goal Milan Skriniar, Fulham loan sensation Joachim Andersen and Brighton veteran Lewis Dunk.
Carlos is a rather intriguing option, not at least because of his ties to current Spurs star Sergio Reguilon, who joined Real Madrid in the summer.
The 24-year-old left-back has excelled in the English capital as one of Mourinho’s star performers, with three assists (only better by two players) and an average rating of 6.89, according to WhoScored.
But that form is just a sequel to his glittering exploits on loan from Sevilla last season, where he thrived alongside Carlos at the back. Indeed, the duo formed a formidable partnership.
In 35 appearances together, the La Liga side have lost just four games, with a win rate of 65.7%. The duo have played five times to win the Europa League trophy, including in the final, where they beat Inter Milan 3-2, according to Transfermarkt.
Carlos has also contributed 21 clean sheets throughout the campaign, keeping silence from Edin Dzeko, Raul Jimenez and Barcelona frontline from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
It’s no wonder he was dubbed the ‘beast’, and this was echoed by the Spanish football expert. Domagoj Kostanjsak, who Told Liverpool podcast ECHO that the £ 45million-valued defender was “built like a tank” and “didn’t call him ‘the beast’ for nothing.”
Carlos and Reguilon have clearly forged a deadly partnership at Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, and that’s something Daniel Levy needs to recreate at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Mourinho has faced individual and defensive mistakes all season despite the tightest third baseline in the Premier League, so pairing two proven players together could be a game-changer for Spurs.
Levy must sanction this deal, whatever the cost.
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