Aston Villa are closing in on their third summer signing with the club announcing they’ve reached an agreement to sign Sevilla defender Diego Carlos.
The centre-back, who’s previously been linked with a move to Newcastle, will travel to England in the next few hours to complete a medical and finalise personal terms.
Carlos, who will join Villa for an undisclosed fee, has been a virtual ever-present in Sevilla’s LaLiga and European campaigns over the last three seasons, making 136 appearances.
He was part of the squad that won the Europa League in 2020, Carlos’ bicycle kick leading to the winning goal for Sevilla in their 3-2 win over Inter Milan.
Carlos joined Sevilla in the summer of 2019 from French club Nantes and was part of the Brazil squad which won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“Sevilla FC would like to thank the player for his work during all these years in Seville and wishes him the best of luck in his new journey,” a statement from the LaLiga club read.
Villa have been very busy in the transfer market with Steven Gerrard securing the signing of Philippe Coutinho on a permanent basis in May.
And earlier this week they announced the signing of French midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a five-year deal.
A final day defeat to Manchester City saw the Villans register a disappointing 14th-placed finish in the Premier League, however, Gerrard believes there are better days ahead.
“I think we will be better,” Gerrard said. “I think we’ve shown potential here against top opposition. We showed it against Liverpool a few weeks ago.
“We know we’ve got really dangerous players and I thought we carried a real threat about us for large parts of the game.
“We need to show more bravery with the ball because that’s the best time to rest. It’s also the best way to face the final periods of the game. We decided to go into a protection shell. We were only really interested in surviving.
“We must learn from this and if we ever get in a position against one of the top sides we have to show more bravery in possession. We can’t just survive.”