Like Ciaran Clark, the play of Newcastle right-back Javier Manquillo has been a pleasant surprise this season. The 26-year-old started just twice early in the campaign before a two-month spell out of the squad from late September through late November.
However, the Spaniard was handed an opportunity in the dramatic 2-2 draw against Manchester City to close out November. He kept his place and started 6 of the next 7 matches before a hamstring injury against Leicester in January forced him out for 6 weeks.
Manquillo returned to start the final three matches, including the FA Cup win at West Brom before the coronavirus forced the season to be suspended.
However, Javier’s contract will expire at the end of next month, and Newcastle have not offered him a new one. So his time on Tyneside could be drawing to an end after three years.
Estadio Deportivo is reporting that Manquillo’s representatives have offered him to both Real Betis and Sevilla in his native Spain.
However, both clubs have not made a decision just yet due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus. Manquillo wants to keep similar wages to what he’s on currently, but the Spanish clubs are said to be wary of making such a commitment.
Both clubs will likely be in the market for a right-back. Real Betis will not extend Antonio Barragan while Francis Guerrero, currently on loan at Almeria, will probably be offloaded this summer. That will just leave Emerson on the books, though he could return to Barcelona, who own 50% of his rights.
Sevilla captain Jesus Navas has started every game this season but will turn 35 in November so they’ll need some cover at the position.
We’d expect Manquillo to agree to an extension beyond June 30th to finish out this season. However, he has been far and away our best right-back this season, so maybe there’s still a chance he’ll get a new contract once the takeover is confirmed.