Manchester City chief Txiki Begiristain is taking advantage of his time in Barcelona to negotiate a deal for one of Sevilla’s defenders.

That’s according to El Larguero, who say the City director is using a lull in the negotiations for Lionel Messi to focus on another area of his team.

Messi set the summer transfer window into a tailspin last week by making it clear he wanted to leave the Nou Camp, with Manchester City thought to be at the front of the queue for his signature.

Begiristain has travelled to Barça to negotiate a deal for the Argentine but is currently waiting for the 33-year-old to work out his issues with Barcelona before pushing to pull off a transfer.

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While waiting for that impasse to be cleared, the City chief has made good use of his spare time by negotiating with Sevilla for one of their defenders, and it’s no secret who that’s likely to be: Diego Carlos.

The centre back who has enjoyed a stellar first campaign in Spain following a move from Nantes last summer and that form has not gone unnoticed around Europe.

Manchester City had been named as suitors earlier in the summer, but that interest appeared to have waned as they turned their attention towards Kalidou Koulibaly instead.

There has been no progress on that front, though, and now El Larguero say they are negotiating for one of Sevilla’s defenders, who would presumably be an alternative to the Senegal international.

That is all the radio show have to offer on the subject, but it is worth remembering that Sevilla were demanding €70m for Carlos earlier this summer as that’s the valuation of his release clause.

That’s a similar price to what Napoli have been demanding for Koulibaly, so it would stand to reason that they may be looking at the Brazilian as an alternative and Messi may not be the only man arriving at the Etihad from La Liga this summer.