Aston Villa have reached an agreement with La Liga side Sevilla for the transfer of Diego Carlos for a fee believed to be in the region of £26million.
Carlos becomes the third permanent signing of the summer for Villa, following Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara through the door before we’ve even made it into June.
Steven Gerrard previously stated that a ‘few’ deals were in the pipeline ahead of the window officially open on June 10th and it’s safe to say the manager has been a man of his word.
Here’s all the key bits of information you need to know about the new Villa man.
How old is Diego Carlos?
Born on 15th March 1993, Diego Carlos is 29-years-old.
What position does Diego Carlos play?
Diego Carlos is a central defender and though right-footed, can play comfortably on either the left or right.
How tall is Diego Carlos?
Carlos is 1.85m or just over six-foot, to you and me.
What nationality is Diego Carlos?
The defender is Brazilian and though not capped by his country, he was part of the men’s Olympic side that won gold in 2021.
Diego Carlos’s career statistics
Carlos has made over 200 appearances across three of Europe’s top leagues: Portugal, France and Spain.
He has spent the majority of his career to date at his now club, Sevilla.
The Brazilian made 136 appearances for the Spanish giants scoring six goals and providing one assist. He was part of the side that won the Europa League in 2020 and also started all but two of the 45 games he was involved in last season.
What will Diego Carlos bring to Aston Villa?
Strength, leadership and experience in defence. Something that Villa have desperately lacked for the last few years.
I made the same point for the signing of Boubacar Kamara but had Diego Carlos been in the side that were 2-0 up at the Etihad on the final day, I believe Villa hold on to win the game.
Steven Gerrard refused to be drawn on who would be his captain for the 2022/23 season and beyond and didn’t rule out bringing in a totally new player and handing them the captaincy - Carlos may be his guy.
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