Liverpool have today confirmed the arrival of Spanish right-back Javier Manquillo on loan from Atletico Madrid.
The deal is reported to be a two-year loan, with an option to make permanent next summer for around €6 million.
The 20-year-old is highly rated and Liverpool have fought off competition from a host of clubs for his signature, including rivals Arsenal.
Manquillo, who made the switch to Atletico from rivals Real Madrid as a youth team player in 2007, is expected a add competition to the likes of Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan at right-back, and appeals to Brendan Rodgers’ preference to bring in and develop young players.
He spoke to Reds’ official website, www.liverpoolfc.com having sealed his move, explaining his delight at joining a club of Liverpool’s stature.
“I’m very happy to have signed for a club like Liverpool. I think it’s one of the biggest in Europe. Any footballer would want to come and play here,” he said.
“When they tell you Liverpool want to sign you, I think like any player, you are going to be absolutely amazed and you don’t think of anything else than going straight there.
“It’s a team that nowadays, as I said before, any player would want to be a part of.”
Manquillo represents another box ticked in terms of transfer activity for Rodgers this summer, with Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren and Divock Origi already purchased, and Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno set to join the Reds imminently.
Reports suggest that Liverpool have the option to make the loan deal permanent
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