Sky Sports have issued a Monday teatime update on our attempts to sign Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos.
Speaking on Sky Sports News in the last few moments, Kaveh Solkehol has revealed that things are ‘looking positive’ on the 28-year-old’s potential move to St James’ Park, insisting that the player wants the move and that our attempts to agree a deal with the La Liga side are ‘moving in the right direction.’
Elsewhere, colleague Dharmesh Sheth claims we’re also showing interest in Fenerbahce’s Attila Szalai.
He reckons that Newcastle, West Ham and AC Milan are all keen on the 6ft 4′ centre-back, who could be allowed to leave for around ‘€15m-€20m’ this month.
Szalai, 23, had been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea and impressed for Hungary at EURO 2020 last summer, being a left-footed defender who appears to be a target alongside Carlos.
Here’s what the two Sky Sports reporters have had to say on both tonight:
Sky’s Kaveh Solkehol on Diego Carlos:
“The latest information I have is that things are looking positive.
“The player himself wants to move to Newcastle, so that is something we have got to keep a close eye on.
“Everything I’m hearing about that deal makes me feel like it is moving in the right direction.
“I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but the noises we are getting at the moment are quite positive.”
Sky’s Dharmesh Sheth on Attila Szalai:
“He’s attracting interest from the Premier League and Serie A, including from Newcastle, West Ham and AC Milan.
“Last month, the Hungary coach – Marco Rossi – said he believed that Szalai was joining Chelsea. He put that out there, we made a few calls and it was a bit presumptuous, not to say that Chelsea wouldn’t be in the market for a player like him.
“We think they have still got a bit of an interest him, given the situation with their central defenders, particularly Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christiansen, whose contracts are up at the end of the season, Cesar Azpilicueta as well.
“What do we know about Szalai? He’s a left-footed central defender, which is a position that a lot of clubs are in the market for. He’s 23-years-old and his contract at Fenerbahce runs until the summer of 2025 and so we understand that it would take a fee of around 15-20 million Euros to prise him away from them in this transfer window.
“He comes with good pedigree, though. He played every minute of Hungary’s Euro 2020 campaign and I think they impressed quite a few people in that tournament.”