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From Sevilla To The Real Villa – Signing No 3 Complete

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It seems to be full speed ahead for Aston Villa this summer. With a very poor season, and poor finish to our Premier League campaign in 2021/22, head coach Steven Gerrard is saying all the right things ahead his first pre season, and CEO Christian Purslow and our NSWE owners are undoubtedly backing him.

Having already completed the signings of both on loan Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara, it seems the almost last minute speculation linking us with Sevilla centre half Diego Carlos was absolutely spot on – as late yesterday evening, we announced his capture.

Although officially an undisclosed fee, the media are reporting that we’ve paid £26million for the 29-year-old Brazilian defender and all we need to do now is complete the medical and finalise personal terms.

Although he’s not technically a full Brazilian international in the normal sense he has twice been in the squad for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, and he did earn seven caps (scoring one goal) for the 2020 Summer Olympics side.

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Whilst at Sevilla, he was basically an ever present during his three years with them, more than playing his part in their successful La Liga and European campaigns which saw them lift the 2020 Europa League Final following victory over Inter Milan. He leaves them having made a total of 136 appearances.

I can safely say I’ve never seen him play, so I don’t know what to expect but the reaction to his signing has been good – so have a video.

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  • Jo says:

    Been following the site for a few weeks now, and there seems to be quite a bit of negative energy aimed at Steven Gerrard, even this report taking a slight swipe at the clubs finish and poor season, and whilst I agree 14th isn’t brilliant, let’s not forget we only had 10pts from our first 11 games when Gerrard arrived, and since his arrival he’s amassed 2pts more than West Ham in his 27 games, so not that bad given West Ham had another decent season and European place.

    As for the signing, he looks like another great buy, he was ever present last season for Sevilla, who also had the best defence in La Liga with only 30 goals against in 38 games, so he’s no slouch…..And 43m for Coutinho, Kamara and now Carlos, is incredible business, and I’m sure we can agree 100% that these players would not be here if wasn’t for Steven Gerrard.
    Can’t wait for the new season.

    • Mike Field says:

      He’s undoubtedly got player pull, but I expected more of a system and cohesion to be place by now. Gerrard hasn’t bettered the better performances we saw under Smith, despite all the disruption we had during pre-season, so I wanted to see slightly more consistency by now, so pre season will be crucial when it comes to judging Gerrard as a coach, which is why I’m pleased to see us moving quickly in the market as that will help.

  • Andy5759 says:

    Watched the video, thanks for that Mike. Oh boy, what a great defender he seems to be. Not just stopping opposition in the box but calmly coming away with the ball as often as not. Nice goals in him too. I’m getting quite excited about this transfer window, and next season.

    • Mike Field says:

      We’ve all been done by highlights reels before, but it at least looks positive when you add it to everything others are saying about him. At least getting him and Kamara in this early it should speed up the settling process a bit.

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