Just yesterday, Sky Sports claimed that an unnamed Premier League club had submitted a rival bid for Newcastle United’s top centre-back target, Diego Carlos.
They stated that they’d matched our £30m bid for the Brazilian, also claiming that a ‘mystery’ side in Serie A had also entered the race – although seemed unlikely to be able to afford the sort of money Sevilla are demanding.
Earlier today, The Athletic then announced that the Premier League club in question were London based, stating that they’d come forward with a ‘major offer’ for the 28-year-old.
Now, The Mail are claiming that it is in fact Tottenham and AC Milan who are showing serious interest in Carlos.
The latter are believed to have had an offer rejected, with it falling below our best offer (which matches up with Sky Sports’ claims yesterday), however it’s Tottenham’s reported interest which could be the biggest concern.
Antonio Conte, London and a team bidding to qualify for the Champions League may be a bigger pull than a Newcastle United currently in the middle of a relegation battle; no matter how rich and ambitious our new owners are?
That said, money talks and we have more of it than Spurs, so we’ll have to hope he is still tempted by our offer….if we ever do agree a fee with Sevilla, that is!