Liverpool have recently been linked with a big-money move for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos – and Reds supporters have reacted on Twitter.

Internazionale v Sevilla - UEFA Europa League

COLOGNE, GERMANY – AUGUST 21: Diego Carlos of Sevilla Celebrates 3-2 during the UEFA Europa League match between Internazionale v Sevilla at the Stadion Köln on August 21, 2020 in Cologne Germany (Photo by Mattia Ozbot/Soccrates/Getty Images)

The Mirror claims that Liverpool will have to battle Arsenal and Manchester City for the Brazilian who is currently valued at £54 million [Telegraph].

Carlos, 27, capped off his first season with the La Liga giants with a Europa League triumph following Sevilla’s 3-2 victory over Inter Milan to hand manager Julian Lopetegui his first major trophy in club football.

Sevilla’s sixth victory in the competition – their fourth in six years – capped off a remarkable campaign for the Spanish outfit who also finished fourth in La Liga this season.

Carlos was in the thick of the action during the win in Cologne as the Brazilian gave away a penalty before his emphatic bicycle kick forced the winning goal after deflecting off Romelu Lukaku.

He is a bit of late bloomer defensively having recently played in Ligue 1 with Nantes up until last summer after signing for Sevilla. He is now considered one of La Liga’s best centre backs and is heavily sought out by a number of rivals.

However, Carlos’ performance in Europe have showcased that the 6ft 1in defender has the tendency to be rather rash in his defending after being the culprit in penalties awarded against Sevilla during the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of their Europa League campaign.

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Sevilla’s Brazilian defender Diego Carlos (C) and Sevilla’s Brazilian midfielder Fernando (R) hold the trophy as they celebrate after Sevilla won the UEFA Europa League final football match Sevilla v Inter Milan on August 21, 2020, in Cologne, western Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LARS BARON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Renowned for his streetwise combativeness, Carlos is one of the most opposing central defenders on the market.

His defensive instincts can be a bit rash at times with the player culpable of diving into challenges far too easily which would not translate well in the Premier League.

Despite an aggressive and combative defensive approach, his reading of the game is very impressive with Carlos averaging five interceptions per game – the joint-most in Spain this season.

His long-range passing is also an asset to be reckoned with and could be utilised by Liverpool who themselves enjoy direct cross-field balls from the back.

Liverpool could be in the market for a fourth central defensive option next season following the loss to Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg although Carlos’ price-tag does raise complications.

The main determining factor regarding a potential transfer that questions the validity of the reports is Carlos’ price-tag.

Sevilla put a €70m (£63m) release clause into the player’s contract immediately after the club landed him last summer.

Seville v FC Internazionale - UEFA Europa League Final

COLOGNE, GERMANY – AUGUST 21: Diego Carlos of Sevilla FC kicks the ball overhead leading to his team’s third goal during the UEFA Europa League Final between Seville and FC Internazionale at RheinEnergieStadion on August 21, 2020 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Pool via Getty Images)

The ongoing global pandemic and economic uncertainty would dictate that Liverpool are unlikely to spend such eye-watering figures on a defender approaching the latter stages of his career.

Also, Liverpool have showcased in the past that such gargantuan fees are only spent on players the club deem to be transformative players such as Van Dijk and Alisson Becker.

Considering Liverpool’s current defensive prowess coupled with the long-term development of Gomez, the transfer committee spending such money on Carlos seems unlikely.

 

Liverpool supporters were quick to respond on Twitter following Carlos’ performance in last night’s final – and many feel the Reds’ unlikelihood to land the Brazil-born centre back could represent a huge bullet dodge.

Here are a selection of responses following Carlos’ Europa League victory…

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