Manchester City have ‘moved seriously’ to sign Diego Carlos from Sevilla this summer, but know a deal will be difficult.

That’s according to El Desmarque Sevilla, who report on the growing interest around the Brazilian.

Carlos has impressed since arriving in a £13.5m deal from Nantes this summer, with his performances seemingly picked up on by clubs around Europe.

Manchester City are one of those to have been linked, with Pep Guardiola on the hunt for new centre backs given his side’s struggles in the position this year.

El Desmarque report that their interest is genuine, saying that Manchester City even ‘moved seriously’ in the last few weeks and held informal talks with Sevilla about a move.

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Sevilla chief Monchi informed them that the transfer will be ‘difficult’, in part because there are numerous people involved in the deal, and so it is ‘feasible’ City will focus on signing someone else.

The website explains Guardiola is keen to sign two central defenders, an expensive one and a cheap one.

However, their move for Nathan Aké would be the latter, and if that is finalised, Carlos would drop into the background.

However, should the transfer market prove ‘complicated’ and Manchester City can’t get one of the expensive players they want – José Giménez, and Kalidou Koulibaly are named – then it is possible they will return for Carlos.

The Citizens are not the only suitors, though, with Liverpool and Tottenham also among others in the Premier League, while Bayern and Barcelona have him ‘on their radar’.

The defender, for his part, has made it clear he will only leave Sevilla to play for a ‘first-level club’ but it seems he may be forced to wait if that club is to be Manchester City.