Various reports suggest that Arsenal are keen to sign centre-half Diego Carlos from Sevilla.
The Brazilian has impressed for the La Liga side since his move from Nantes last summer, and with the Gunners on the lookout for defensive reinforcements in this transfer period, he is a player of genuine interest to Mikel Arteta.
The news was first reported in the Telegraph, and we’ve also been linked with Lille’s 22 year old Brazilian Gabriel Magalhães.
There are question marks over almost all of the current central defensive options at the club right now. Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis are into the last 12 months of their contracts; Rob Holding is a candidate for a departure despite helping the team to an FA Cup win on Saturday; there are concerns about Calum Chambers’ development as he recovers from an ACL injury; while David Luiz is 33 and not getting any younger.
Arsenal do have William Saliba for next season, and although Pablo Mari was signed from Flamengo in January, he’ll be sidelined until mid-September at the earliest because of an ankle injury which required surgery.
To add fuel to the fire, Carlos is represented by the same agent as David Luiz, Bertolucci Sports, who work side by side with our old friend Kia Joorabchian.
His influence at Arsenal is obvious, with Luiz and Cedric Soares already on the books, while Willian’s free transfer move from Chelsea to the Gunners is almost complete as he gets set to put pen to paper on a three year deal.
We’ll see what happens with the 27 year old defender, who has reportedly been very impressive for Sevilla this season, but given all the connections, you wouldn’t bet against it.
We’ll give this a fence-sitting 5 on the Poo-O-Meter for the moment, with Liverpool also reportedly keen.