A few days ago, there was a report that Premier League trio Crystal Palace, Brighton, and West Ham were interested in a January move for Javier Manquillo.
With his contract up in the summer, we assumed any bid would be minimal. However, the Northern Echo is reporting that West Ham are set to launch a £5m offer for the Spaniard next month.
If accurate, Newcastle could turn a profit on a player with just six months remaining on his deal. Manquillo was signed from Atletico Madrid in 2017 for £4.5m.
Newcastle obviously have a lot of decisions to make with a host of players on contracts that will expire in the summer. Of those Federico Fernandez, Javier Manquillo, and Karl Darlow are ones that Newcastle may opt to offer new deals to.
Javier Manquillo– to sell or not to sell
We can’t envision a scenario where Matty Longstaff would leave Newcastle despite him having just six months left on his contract. Talks are ongoing with the 19-year-old and we would be shocked if an agreement was not reached.
Jetro Willems has a £9.3m clause to make his deal from Frankfurt a permanent one. We would also expect that to be triggered at some point before the summer.
Then there’s Andy Carroll, who we think will also be retained unless he suffers a catastrophic injury.
We will likely see Jack Colback, Ki Sung-yueng, and Rob Elliot leave this winter, which will open up at least three squad slots for new summer signings.
The Manquillo question is a tricky one. He can negotiate with clubs overseas next month and could fancy a return to Spain. However, his newfound situation as a Newcastle first-teamer could also influence his decision if he is offered a new deal.
If he’s not offered a new deal or isn’t keen to extend his stay on Tyneside, the best outcome for Newcastle would be to recoup £5m for him. It would be an unexpected return on a player who just three weeks ago was deemed surplus to requirements.