MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly hoping to sign Diego Carlos and view the defender as a long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany.
The Etihad club failed to bring in a new centre-back a year ago despite losing influential captain Kompany.
Manchester City are plotting a move to sign Brazilian centre-back Diego Carlos from Sevilla this summer
And Pep Guardiola was made to pay for his lack of movement in the transfer window.
Aymeric Laporte missed large chunks of the campaign through injury while John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi struggled for form, meaning Fernandinho often filled in to the back line.
But according to The Telegraph, City want to land Carlos from Sevilla.
They view the 27-year-old as the ideal candidate to fill the void left behind by Kompany – he is quick, athletic, strong and a presence in both boxes.
He would be cheaper than another target, £75million-rated Kalidou Koulibaly, while relations are tense between City and Napoli following the breakdown of the Jorginho transfer in 2018.
Brazilian journeyman Carlos – who has also been linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool – signed for Sevilla last year following a three-year stint with Nantes, where he was kicked by a referee in an incredible incident.
He made 35 LaLiga appearances, scoring two goals, and helped the club finish the season with a 15-match unbeaten run which saw them secure Champions League football.
Bournemouth’s relegation should knock a fair sum off their asking price for Nathan Ake, another City target.
Jan Vertonghen, meanwhile, could offer a cheap, short-term alternative to provide cover for Laporte and at left-back following his departure from Spurs.
David Alaba would be a dream signing for Guardiola but the versatile Austrian is more likely to head to Spain rather than England should he leave Bayern Munich.
By: Joshua Jones
Title: Man City aim to complete long-term Vincent Kompany replacement with transfer of Sevilla defender Diego Carlos
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12240673/man-city-kompany-transfer-defender-diego-carlos/
Published Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 19:34:25 +0000