Report: Man City enter race for Spurs-linked central defender

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Dom Le Roy

Manchester City have reportedly entered the race to sign Sevilla centre-back, Diego Carlos, who is also said to be on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar this summer.

Carlos has had a solid first season in Spain since moving to Seville from French outfit Nantes last summer.

The Brazilian’s dominant displays at the back for Julen Lopetegui’s side this season have reportedly attracted interest from clubs around Europe.

The Telegraph reported last month that Jose Mourinho was an admirer of the 27-year-old and was keen to bring him to North London to bolster his options at in the heart of defence.

However, the same publication now reveals that the Lilywhites have a major battle on their hands to land Carlos after Manchester City entered the race for the centre half.

The report claims that Pep Guardiola has made it a priority to find a top-quality central defender to play alongside Aymeric Laporte.

The club are said to view the Sevilla star as a possible alternative to Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and could make an offer for him when the transfer window opens.

Meanwhile, reports from Spain previously indicated that Sevilla will not let Carlos leave this summer unless the defender’s €70million (£63m) release clause is met (La Nervion).

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We will not be in a position to compete with Manchester City financially, especially given that FFP protocols have been relaxed this summer. Unfortunately, I cannot see us pushing for the likes of Koulibaly or Carlos, who are sought after by many big clubs.

We will likely be shopping in the second tier and looking to pick up talented players who can potentially develop into top stars. I expect us to sign a prospect like Kim-Min-jae, rather than someone who would be expected to walk straight into our defence.

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