A year after joining from Nantes, the 27-year-old Brazilian centre-half is being courted by a number of Premier League clubs.
Monchi appears to have done it again.
The Spanish sporting director’s reputation as the master of the transfer market took a hammering during his time at Roma.
But now back at Sevilla, Monchi appears to have got his mojo back.
Jule Kounde, Fernando, Olivier Torres and Lucas Ocampos have all proven excellent additions, after arriving at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last year, while Sergio Reguilon enjoyed a sensational season on loan from Real Madrid.
However, one summer signing stands above all others – Diego Carlos.
During his first spell in Andalusia, Monchi made Sevilla millions of euro in profit with bargain buys such as Dani Alves, Ivan Rakitic, Seydou Keita, Adriano, Julio Baptista and Federico Fazio.
There appears no chance of that happening now, though. Put quite simply: the Catalans can’t afford him.