La Liga giants want Newcastle man as alternative to €25m Spurs target

Date published: Friday 30th August 2019 6:26

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 18: Javier Manquillo of Newcastle United battles for possession with Josh Murphy of Cardiff City during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Newcastle United at Cardiff City Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Valencia are considering a late move for Newcastle’s Spanish defender Javier Manquillo, according to reports.

The La Liga giants are in need of a new right-back, and had been targeting Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj – once linked with Chelsea in the Maurizio Sarri era, and suggested as a target for Tottenham Hotspur this summer, although no move came to be.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Hysaj’s agent has confirmed that the player has an agreement with Valencia on personal terms, but the deal hinges on a fee being agreed with Napoli – and the transfer could be called off if it does not happen by the end of Friday.

So far, Valencia have proposed a loan offer with an option to buy for €25m – which would become obligatory if they qualify for the Champions League.

However, given that the deadline is looming, the Spanish giants are monitoring alternatives, one of whom is Manquillo, according to Super Deporte.

Manquillo has not played in his native Spain since he joined Liverpool on loan from Atletico Madrid in 2014, with Newcastle buying him two years ago after a season spent with rivals Sunderland.

Last season, he managed just 12 league starts, a decrease of eight from his first season at St James’ Park, and the summer signing of Emil Krafth from Amiens has reduced his opportunities more.

Valencia are considering Manquillo as a cheap option, as Cristiano Piccini will return to being first choice when he returns from injury in the New Year – and it is suggested that coach Marcelino prefers him because he is Spanish, meaning he would be able to adapt quicker.

 

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