Aston Villa have confirmed that a deal has been agreed with Sevilla for defender Diego Carlos, with Steven Gerrard set to add another new signing.
Villa have wasted no time in bringing in reinforcements, with a permanent deal for Philippe Coutinho announced earlier this month, while Boubacar Kamara’s switch was confirmed last week.
Ahead of Gerrard’s first pre-season and full campaign in charge, we’ve moved swiftly to bring in new players, and it appears as though Carlos will be the next through the door at Villa Park.
As per the club’s tweet below, they have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Sevilla for the 29-year-old Brazilian defender, and so we can now look forward to seeing a new face in the heart of our defence moving forward.
So, what does Diego Carlos bring to Villa?
Aston Villa can confirm the club has reached an agreement with Sevilla FC for the transfer of Diego Carlos for an undisclosed fee.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) May 26, 2022
Carlos key addition to strengthen Villa spine
Speaking to Sky Sports last week, Gerrard revealed that the priority in the summer transfer window was to bolster the spine of the Villa side and bring in ‘characters, leaders and winners’.
He’s done that already with the addition of Kamara, and now we have a physical, aggressive and technically sound centre-half at his disposal in the form of Carlos.
The Brazilian defender was a pivotal part of the best defence in La Liga last season as Sevilla conceded just 30 goals in 38 league games, and he boasts experience in both the French and Spanish top flight as well as the Europa League and Champions League.
He ticks all the right boxes in terms of the profile of player that Gerrard and Villa want to add to take us to the next level, and his presence in the backline should give those around him a lift.
Time will tell what it means for the likes of Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa in terms of who drops out of the side, but Carlos has proven himself at the top level and is an astute signing to raise the level of quality in that department.
While he is disciplined, Carlos is also more than happy to get involved in the dirtier work and his aggressive nature and no-nonsense approach sees him win possession back higher up the pitch and quickly offload it into the feet of his midfielder teammates to then kick-start moves.
Further, he has the passing range and ability to get us going himself, and so he can be influential in both phases of the game and he should be an important part of the style and identity that Gerrard is looking to stamp on his Villa team.
It’s certainly another exciting addition, and while it remains to be seen who else arrives this summer, Villa are adding talent and characters to the team ahead of what will hopefully be a huge year for us next season.