Newcastle United are reportedly confident of tying down Javier Manquillo to a new deal after the Daily Telegraph reported that the Tyneside club will offer him a long-term contract.
The full-back’s current deal expires by the end of the month as the club are reportedly hopeful of beating other teams to his permanent signature as other potential candidates emerged. As per the Daily Telegraph, Real Betis have been monitoring the 26-year-old, while Crystal Palace and Southampton have apparently shortlisted him in the hope that they could possibly sign him up on a free transfer.
Manquillo has featured in 13 Premier League games so far in the 2019/20 season ahead of their home fixture against Sheffield United tomorrow. He has helped his side keep four clean sheets in those matches whilst also winning a relatively impressive 4.2 duels and averaging 2.1 tackles and clearances per game, according to Sofascore.
The former Liverpool man has been a faithful servant in the northeast since joining, even though he also played for bitter rivals Sunderland. Manquillo has made a total of 59 appearances in all competitions across three consecutive seasons in the famous black and white stripes, supplying five assists (via Transfermarkt).
Perhaps his versatility to play in several different positions has added to Newcastle’s decision to try and tie down the Spaniard to a new deal as the Magpies look to add bodies to their squad ahead of what could potentially be an exciting campaign if the proposed takeover of the Toon is eventually approved by the Premier League.
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