Newcastle United are reportedly planning central defensive signings, with Nico Schlotterberck one of their prime targets this month.

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United are planning an approach for SC Freiburg defender Nico Schlotterbeck this month despite getting close to signing Sevilla’s Diego Carlos.

Newcastle United are the richest football club on the planet, and they are in the midst of an important transfer window. After a long time, the Magpies have entered a transfer period with considerable funding and a very impressive shortlist of targets to bring in premium players for their cause.

They currently find themselves in the middle of a relegation battle, with manager Eddie Howe hoping the new arrivals will boost their survival chances. The priority is signing defenders and strikers. Newcastle have already brought in Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood and are angling for more players to come in.

They have been in pursuit of Sevilla’s Diego Carlos, who is open to joining Newcastle this month. The Tyneside club have already seen at least one bid being rejected, but they hope their latest offer worth a reported £30 million will get accepted.

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While they remain confident about the Brazilian’s arrival, Newcastle are also hoping to bring in an additional central defender. Freiburg’s Nico Schlotterbeck is the latest name to be linked with a move, with the Magpies preparing a big offer for the young German defender.

Schlotterbeck is having an impressive season with Freiburg, helping the Bundesliga club climb up to sixth on the Bundesliga table. The 22-year-old’s performances have attracted interest from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, which may eclipse other clubs in the chase.

Freiburg may ideally want to keep him, but with his contract ending in 2023, they may be tempted to sell him and cash in on the defender when his stock is high. Newcastle may have to make a sensational offer to convince the Bundesliga club and the player himself to complete a move.

The 22-year-old will certainly be a solid signing for Newcastle, although looking at the kind of interest  in him from big clubs, it will be difficult to pull off for the Magpies. There are still nearly two weeks left in the window for the Magpies to bring in Schlotterbeck or someone else to reinforce their backline.

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