Arsenal target Javi Manquillo has reportedly pulled out of a move to Marseille so that he can wait for Arsene Wenger to swoop for his services.
According to the Daily Express the young full-back was virtually all set to move to Ligue 1 on a season-long loan which included the option of a permanent deal at the end of it. However the player himself has now opted out of the agreement, as he harbours hopes of instead moving to England this summer, as Wenger looks to strengthen the right-back position following the sale of long-term servant Bacary Sagna.
The 20-year-old is said to be seen by Wenger as an ideal addition with regards to increasing his squad depth, particularly in the wake of rumours which indicate Arsenal are close to landing Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy. Having started his career at Real Madrid Manquillo made the move to Atletico in 2007 to increase his chances of becoming a La Liga regular.
However the Spaniard has struggled for regular game-time in Diego Simeone’s galvanised squad, and Juanfran largely ensured that he spent the majority of last season sitting on the bench.
With Sagna now having signed on the dotted line at Manchester City, Wenger has been left to find an adequate replacement in a fairly niche position. Though a deal for Debuchy would allay most fears that the Gunners will be caught short on the right hand side of their defence come the first day of the new season, fans would be far more at ease knowing that the Frenchman also had a deputy more than capable of slotting in if needed.
Currently Wenger can call upon Carl Jenkinson and, in extreme cases, Thomas Vermaelen, but with the Belgian international poised to follow Sagna out the exit door, and question marks remaining over Jenkinson’s ability to cut it at the highest level, the 64-year-old will know that opting to stick with what he has would attract criticism.
La Liga invasion at the Emirates
Of course Manquillo isn’t the only La Liga name to be linked with north London this summer as Wenger seeks to build on last season’s F.A Cup triumph by flexing his financial might. Reports claim a £32million deal for Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez will be finalised imminently, whilst a €30million proposal has been submitted to Real Madrid in order to gauge their interest in selling Sami Khedira.
Arsenal fans, are you happy with the transfer activity so far? Or would you like to see more from Wenger?