Newcastle offer ‘life-changing’ contract to defensive target

Date published: Monday 17th January 2022 5:05 - Jason Soutar

Reported Newcastle target Diego Carlos reacts to an incident on the pitch

Newcastle United have offered a “potentially life-changing” contract to Sevilla defender Diego Carlos, according to Andy Brassell.

Carlos emerged as one of the Magpies first-choice defensive targets in the January transfer window, alongside Lille’s Sven Botman.

The north east club failed in their bid to sign 22-year-old Botman, who will likely stay at Lille until the end of the season.


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Newcastle reportedly bid £28million for Carlos, but Sevilla want closer to £40m. Meanwhile, Sky Sports‘ Kaveh Solhekol revealed last week that the centre-back would be open to the switch.

Part of the reason he is keen on joining the Geordies could be due to the wage being put on the table, with journalist Brassell revealing he would be on a “life-changing” amount of money at St James’ Park.

“I think they’ll get Diego Carlos over the line from Sevilla, because everyone has their price at Sevilla, because he’ll be cheaper than Sven Botman, because him and his entourage are absolutely astonished by the size of the contract on the table,” Brassell said on BT Sport Score (via The Shields Gazzette).

“It’s potentially life-changing for him at nearly 29-years-old.”

He added: “I’m always a bit dubious about centre-backs coming from different leagues to the Premier League in January, because it’s a real steep gradient of adaptation.

“They need him to fire straight away, but he’s a real leader at the back.”

Meanwhile, Tottenham and Newcastle have had offers for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial turned down, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Martial told interim Red Devils manager Ralf Rangnick that he wanted to leave this month due to his lack of consistent playing time.

Romano wrote on Twitter: “Anthony Martial wants to leave but he’s still not interested in any loan move to join English clubs. Newcastle and Tottenham approaches turned down.

“Barcelona, Sevilla and Juventus are three options to leave in January. Man Utd ask for full salary covered + loan fee.”

The 26-year-old was not included in the Red Devils’ squad for their match at Aston Villa on Saturday evening.

Rangnick claimed Martial did not want to travel to Birmingham for the encounter.

The German said: “Yes, he didn’t want to be in the squad. He would have been in the squad normally but he didn’t want to and that’s the reason why he was not travelling with us yesterday.”

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