Newcastle to sign Javier Manquillo – Mundo Deportivo
Javier Manquillo is set to sign for Newcastle according to Spanish media on Tuesday morning.
Diego Simeone has made clear the player doesn’t have a future at Atletico Madrid, having given the right-back only five La Liga starts and loaning him out the past three seasons.
In 2014/15 Manquillo made 19 appearances for Liverpool and then the following (2015/16) season it was 43 games for Marseille.
Last season though it went pear-shaped, as the Atletico player joined Sunderland for the season but made only 15 Premier League starts, plus another five off the bench. Starting the season in the team and then ending it back in the team but rarely getting a start in the middle months.
Mundo Deportivo claim that the player’s less than ideal season was mostly down to playing for such a poor struggling team and that he is capable of far better.
The Spanish newspaper claim that Javier Manquillo will now sign a three year deal with Newcastle and that Rafa Benitez has been a key part in making the move happen.
Mundo Deportivo also say that one of the few positives of his time on Wearside is that Sunderland played the Spaniard in a number of different positions and that versatility is something that has allegedly helped attract Rafa’s attention.
The 23 year old has played up to Under 21 level with Spain and has now a decent number of games behind him, including experience of football in England, something which is increasingly a factor in the pattern of signings Rafa Benitez is making at Newcastle.
Manquillo started out at Real Madrid as a kid but at the age of 13 decided to leave because the club decided not to keep his twin brother Victor on, the pair of them instead signing for Atletico Madrid.
An interesting link and we will find out whether it has any substance in the coming days.
With Rafa wanting players who have already played in England and also undoubtedly using his contacts/experience in Spain, he will no doubt be aware of the player and whether he thinks he could do a job, or not.
No mention of what level of fee that Javier Manquillo would be available for but it surely wouldn’t be prohibitive, taking into account the fact that Atletico don’t want him and how few matches he has played for the La Liga side.
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