Although the summer transfer window in England is a mere memory, it is still wide open on the continent, and there is interest in Newcastle defender Javier Manquillo, according to Spanish outlet Levante EMV.
La Liga side Valencia are said to be looking at Manquillo to replace their Italian first choice full-back Cristiano Piccini, who suffered a serious injury, and had surgery this week.
The lure of Champions League football for the Spaniard – something he has experienced before with Liverpool and Atletico Madrid – may turn his head, somewhat, but it would surely be a mistake to sell him now.
With the raft of injuries Newcastle currently have, particularly to players who play full-back or wing-back, including DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Ritchie, Emile Krafth and Jetro Willems, it would make no sense whatsoever to let Manquillo leave, when he will be relied upon in the coming weeks.
A Former Newcastle defender may also be on Valencia’s radar
Interestingly, the article also claims the Spanish side could look at former defender Davide Santon to fill the void, while Napoli’s Albanian right-back, Elseid Hysaj, is another name allegedly under consideration.
For Steve Bruce – if he actually has the final say on such issues – to even contemplate letting a full-back go while we are suffering a mini-crisis at the position would be ludicrous in the extreme.
And although it may be a tempting prospect for the Rafa Benitez signing, Manquillo should be seeing the current injury situation as a huge opportunity to cement himself as the number one right-back at the club.
With all that in mind, it would be a major surprise not to see Manquillo remaining a Newcastle player when the transfer window closes across Europe next week.