Sevilla ‘raise Diego Carlos price’ in response to Newcastle’s failed Sven Botman bid

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Newcastle United have run into complications in their attempts to sign centre-back Diego Carlos from Sevilla. The Spanish outfit have seemingly recognised that they hold all the cards, and have reportedly upped their asking price after the Magpies failed to recruit their primary target, Sven Botman, from Lille. 

Newcastle’s agonising draw with Watford on Saturday will only have increased their sense of urgency in the transfer market. 

Buoyed by the wealth of new owners, Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood have already been signed to take their winter spending to almost £40million. 

And virtually all reports indicate that they are not done there, with a centre-back, a central midfielder and a striker all believed to be in the crosshairs before the end of the month. 

By now, Eddie Howe and co would surely have hoped to end their pursuit of a defender, with enquiries into Botman and Carlos springing up towards the start of January. 

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But as yet, the Toon are still on the hunt as neither Lille nor Sevilla appear keen to sit down at the negotiating table. 

Capitalising on Newcastle’s sense of urgency, The Daily Record claim that Sevilla have upped their price tag attached to Carlos after an initial £20m bid was rejected. 

South American football expert Tim Vickery has raised concerns about the Brazilian’s mistakes, but the player has been key to Julen Lopetegui’s success this campaign. 

With Real Madrid firmly in their sights, Sevilla are naturally reluctant to let go of either Carlos or his centre-back partner, Jules Kounde, until the title race concludes. 

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Newcastle may therefore need to slap a serious offer on the table or scour the market for alternative options. 

A £33m bid for Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile was reportedly rejected, with the French side holding out for a mammoth fee when it comes to their prized youngster. 

Having tested the waters for three separate targets, it remains to be seen whether the Magpies have more candidates up their sleeve, or whether they will simply have to table the kind of offer that no sane club could refuse.  

Despite Sevilla’s high-flying status in La Liga, Carlos himself is said to be keen on a switch to Tyneside. 

That much may not be surprising given that reports indicate a willingness at St James’ Park to triple the 28-year-old’s salary. 

In attack, Wood has already added depth with Callum Wilson carrying much of the goals burden so far this season. 

But Benfica’s Darwin Nunez and Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata are both reportedly of interest as Newcastle’s owners attempt to leave nothing to chance. 

With midfield targets seemingly taking a back seat, the Magpies have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Aaron Ramsey from Juventus, although the lack of movement could imply that their mind is already made up in that regard. 

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