By 90Min
July 19, 2017

​Javier Manquillo is set to leave Atletico Madrid for Newcastle United, after failing to make any kind of impact at his boyhood club.

The 23-year-old has been an Atleti player since 2011 after coming up through the club's youth ranks, but he has hardly featured for them and has been farmed out on loan for the past three seasons.

Sunderland's Spanish defender Javier Manquillo (L) vies with Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in London on May 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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He arrived in England with Liverpool in his first loan spell, then turned out for French outfit Marseille, before coming back to England last season with Sunderland to experience relegation from the Premier League.

​Mundo Deportivo report that the full-back is not in the plans of Diego Simeone, and that he will not continue at the club he would have loved to have made a proper impact for.

That news has opened the door for Newcastle United, who have been linked with a move for the Spaniard recently.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Referee Mark Clattenburg shows the yellow card to Javi Manquillo of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on August 17, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The Magpies have supposedly already entered talks with the player, and some outlets have reported that a deal is close.

It would be interesting to see how the Toon Army faithful would accept Manquillo if a move does materialise - fans seem quite split in the idea so far on social media, with some finding it difficult to overlook his Sunderland links.

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