A few days ago, there was a report that West Ham were readying a bid of £5m for right-back Javier Manquillo.
The report came amid interest from Crystal Palace and Brighton as well as the Hammers. With only 6 months remaining on his contract, a bid of £5m would be seen as a small windfall for a player who could leave in the summer for nothing.
Of course, the sticking point is that Manquillo has been stellar since coming back into the team 4 games ago. He’s played some of his best football for Newcastle in that time.
However, it could be that Newcastle will want to cash in on the 25-year-old next month. We are well stocked at the position with DeAndre Yedlin and Emil Krafth in the squad.
There’s even Jamie Sterry, who can be drafted in and added to the squad for the last six months of his Newcastle career if necessary.
Mark Douglas with the Chronicle thinks Newcastle will not offer Manquillo a new deal. He believes the club is looking at a summer overhaul and that Javier Manquillo is not in the future plans.
If this is accurate, then selling Manquillo next month may be in play. He was bought for £4.5m in the summer of 2017, so any amount to offset that or even make a profit on the right-back would be seen as good business by Newcastle.
The money could also be used to help strengthen other areas in which we are a bit short. Newcastle have some decisions to make next month with new contracts and outgoings. We also hope they are working on bringing another one or two into the team.
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