Aston Villa F.C.
The 29-year-old Brazilian center-back is now set to travel to England for a medical
and iron out personal terms on a £26m transfer.
Carlos, who played 136 matches for Sevilla, helping them win the 2020 Europa
League, had been in talks with Newcastle during the January window, but a deal could
not be reached.
“Aston Villa can confirm the club has reached an agreement with Sevilla FC for the
transfer of Diego Carlos for an undisclosed fee,” a Villa statement read. “The player
will travel to England in the next few hours to complete a medical and finalize
NSL UNDERSTANDS: There are two reasons why both Sevilla and Villa want to
complete the deal in a fast manner.
Firstly, Aston Villa wants to avoid competition from other clubs such as Newcastle
United, who already pushed in January to sign the Brazilian defender.
Moreover, Sevilla are looking to cash in on one of their two center-backs before June
30, with Diego Carlos’ buyout clause set at 75 million euros.
With the sale of Diego Carlos before July, Sevilla will have the upper hand in
potential negotiations to offload Kounde in the summer.
What seems clear at the time being is that both players will leave the club this
summer after three years in which they managed to stand out.
Sporting director Monchi invested 40m euros in signing both defenders in 2019 and
his intention is to sell them for at least three times this figure, although the 31m euro
fee for Diego Carlos might make that difficult.
The initial idea was to sell just one of the two center-backs, but there has been
interest from several clubs with financial power who can offer Kounde the
opportunity to win important trophies and Diego Carlos a better salary.
Both players want to leave and Sevilla expects to cash in on them and reinvest the
money they will receive to rebuild their team.