Pep ahead of Klopp in securing the Sevilla defender’s signature.
Manchester City are leading the race for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos as Pep prepares the team for title challenge again. Liverpool and Manchester City have both kept tabs on the Brazilian, but recent reports confirm the men in blue are ahead in ensuring his signature.
Manchester City along the lines of “Defence wins you titles”
Pep Guardiola has maintained that he will continue to rebuild the squad even as the pandemic drawstrings in the transfer market. And he is on his business, with serious signings mostly at the back. As Fergie said, “Defence wins you the title”.
Bournemouth center-back Nathan Ake is also in advanced talks with Manchester City. Though the team was relegated, his price did not go down that significantly. Ultimately, the Cherries accepted a £41 million bid. But Pep doesn’t rest, especially without major silverware.
The second signing (yet to be confirmed) seems to be another player from La Liga, following the likes Aymeric Laporte, Rodrigo, and Eric Garcia – Ferran Torres. The 19-year-old is wonderful on the wings and showed his potential in the UCL game against Atlanta when Gameiro scored with his assist.
More defensive prowess
Still, Pep wants more. Stones has suffered a poor season with injuries faltering his form. He came in to develop in a team with experienced lads like Kompany and Silva. Apparently, that team is mostly gone and the manager is aiming to build another ‘wall of China’.
Manchester City, even, before considering Carlos, has a whole garrison of defenders – John Stones, Laporte, Otamendi, Fernandinho, and Garcia. If Ake adds to it, that is 6 defenders. Any player, defender precisely, who wishes for first-team opportunities will have to think deep before joining that defense if no exits happen.
Liverpool may suit Carlos better
Liverpool, however, have one good news – Lovren is sold. Dejan Lovren has made just 10 appearances for Liverpool this year. In fact, after Van Dijk’s arrival, he ultimately was an extra. Harsh it may sound, but he never really came out of the malaise at Anfield, even during the UCL Final loss.
It was difficult to find clients, but now he’s off to Russia. Klopp’s centre back options circulate around Matip and Gomez alongside a permanent Dutchman. If we look at Carlos’s situation, a move to Liverpool will fit better for the 27-year-old.
Klopp is a rather parsimonious spender in the market. He emphasizes building stars rather than buying them. But in this case, they are actually ready to spend big. Early on, Reds were ready to pay his whole release clause of £68m, but now there’s better news. Sevilla is ready to sell him for £54 million.
Diego Carlos has helped Sevilla secure Champions League football next season and is one of La Liga’s best center-backs at the moment. While Klopp’s football can guide him well through the path of Gegen Pressing and attacking football, Pep will be more familiar to him as the City manager has strong Spanish foundations – both as a player and a manager.
Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain has elaborated how perplexing this year’s transfer window is. He has agreed it is a ‘strange’ window and the whole team is ‘working a lot’. “We might have less time than ever but we’ll have time to make the changes we need to improve the squad”, he told the official Manchester City website.