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Liverpool target Diego Carlos transfer in search for Virgil van Dijk partner


Liverpool are reportedly targeting another big signing at the centre of defence as they look for the ideal partner for Virgil van Dijk.

Reports from Spain claim Liverpool have already begun negotiations over Sevilla defender Diego Carlos, who real Madrid are believed to have identified as a replacement for Sergio Ramos.

Brazilian defender Carlos has impressed since joining Sevilla from French club Nantes for just £13.5million in the summer.

The 26-year-old is likely to fetch much more than that when he leaves Sevilla, with Liverpool ready to offer £65million for his services, according to a report from Spanish publication Eldesmarque .

Carlos started every La Liga game for Sevilla this season, helping them to third in the table, and Liverpool are reportedly set to swoop for him in the summer.

Diego Carlos, pictured battling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during a friendly last summer, has impressed for Sevilla this season

Liverpool have not looked back since signing Van Dijk from Southampton for £75m in January 2018.

The Dutch defender has been a colossus at the heart of the Reds’ defence, providing the consistency and solidity at the back that gave Liverpool the platform to triumph in the Champions League last season and to dominate in the Premier League this term.

Eldesmarque reports that Liverpool are hoping for a similar effect with the signing of Carlos, having reportedly identified him as a long-term partner for Van Dijk, and are willing to meet the Brazilian’s £65m release clause.

Joe Gomez is currently partnering Van Dijk in central defence for Liverpool, with first choice Joel Matip out until mid-January due to a knee injury.

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Meanwhile, Rhian Brewster is reportedly being lined up for a loan move away from Liverpool , but only after the Reds face Everton in the FA Cup this coming weekend.

Teenage forward Brewster has played twice for Jurgen Klopp’s first-team this season, featuring against Milton Keynes Dons and Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.

He was injured when a youthful Reds side took on Aston Villa in the quarter-finals and so was unable to take his place in either that team or join the first-team while they were away at the Club World Cup in Qatar.

The Athletic claim that Championship side Swansea City are closing in on taking the 19-year-old for the rest of the season, but Klopp will delay any departure until after Sunday’s Anfield meeting against Merseyside neighbours Everton, when the Liverpool boss is expected to ring the changes.





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