Newcastle United are ‘very interested’ in signing Sevilla defender Diego Carlos in the winter market.

After Sevilla’s clash against Valencia, the defender said he has a “lot of time” with the La Liga side, when pressed about reports linking him with a move away from the club.

Friday’s edition of ABC Sevilla highlights his latest comments and then gives fresh updates on this case.

Regarding the Magpies’ interest, it’s said they are ‘not just rumours’, but ‘fully-fledged movements’, as confirmed to the newspaper by the ‘most authoritative sources’ of the Spanish club.

Recent claims in England have talked about an agreement in place between the centre-back and Eddie Howe’s side. The 28-year-old ‘does not rule out any hypothesis’, but for now, his immediate focus is on Julen Lopetegui’s side.

It is ‘unattainable’ for the Andalusian club to match what the Tyneside club offer Carlos, which is almost three times what he is currently earning. Another aspect is the offer made by the English club to Sevilla.

Newcastle are told proposals around €30-35m will not be valued and Lopetegui’s side will need ‘off-market’ figures to let the Brazilian leave this month. If not, the player’s exit is ‘impossible’.

ABC Sevilla add ‘it is very difficult’ for Carlos to leave his current employer for a ‘less than an amount that is around or exceeds’ €60m. Sevilla do not rule out the possibility of Newcastle meeting their demands for the South American.

For now, Sevilla ‘resist the attacks’ of the English club as they don’t want to weaken their squad, especially when they are fighting for the title and the Europa League, for which the final will be played at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

With less than two weeks left in the window, it’ll be interesting to see how this case develops.