Real Madrid set to compete with Liverpool over the signing of Sevilla defender

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Real Madrid are reportedly set to compete with Liverpool over the signing of Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos, who is told to have a whopping €75m price-tag.

It was noted by the Daily Mail via reports in Spain ahead of the winter transfer window that the Merseyside giants were in discussions over a possible deal for the 26-year-old defender.

As a potential long-term defensive partner for Virgil van Dijk to shore up an already top-class backline, Diego Carlos has been massively linked with Liverpool over the past few weeks as he continues to impress for Sevilla this campaign.

The Brazilian has now made 22 matches so far this year, also chipping in with two goals, and so he seems a decent bet to improve the Merseyside Reds defence should they decide to launch an official bid for him either this month or in the summer.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have conceded just 14 goals in 22 Premier League matches this season, which is unsurprisingly good enough to give them the best defensive record in the top flight.

With that in mind, it’s perhaps questionable as to why they would splash out on another centre-back, especially with the likes of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez performing well alongside Virgil Van Dijk.

Though the rumours regarding Carlos have continued, and now Calciomercato report, via Ok Diario, that the Sevilla centre-back is currently on Real Madrid’s transfer radar too as club president Florentino Perez desires to take him to the Bernabeu.

Liverpool are specifically mentioned in that report too as being an interested party, but if either of the European giants are going to prise him away from his current club, it’s suggested that they’ll need to make an offer of at least €75m to convince Sevilla to sell.

In turn, it remains to be seen if that’s enough to put either of them off, but Diego Carlos is clearly highly rated and could be at the centre of a significant transfer struggle this year.