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Javi Manquillo desperate to join Arsenal or Liverpool

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Atletico Madrid have received offers from Arsenal, Liverpool & Marseille for Spanish under-21 international full-back Javier Manquillo but are not quite ready to sanction the starlet's exit just yet, according to AS.

Manquillo's future has been the subject of intense speculation and the defender is thought to have told Atletico that he wants to try his luck in the Premier League, but Arsenal's attempt to wrap up a long-term loan deal has been scuppered by rival interest from elsewhere.

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A waiting game

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has attempted to sign the 20-year-old in successive transfer windows, but Atletico continue to be reluctant sellers and would definitely prefer a loan exit rather an a permanent deal.

Arsenal have already secured a deal for French international right-back Mathieu Debuchy this summer but see Manquillo as an exciting back-up and potential long-term successor, despite having Carl Jenkinson already on their books in that position.

The Gunners have been frustrated by a delay to a deal they thought was already done, allowing Liverpool to declared their interest in a player new Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa would also love to sign.

Liverpool hijack

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has already lost out to Arsenal this summer in the race for Alexis Sanchez and would like to make sure that doesn't happen again, but is only interested in a permanent deal for much-needed cover at right-back.

Rodgers entered the race for Manquillo this week and Liverpool have been in contact with the La Liga holders over a summer switch, but much like Arsenal are being forced to wait for a concrete decision from Atletico over his future.

Wild card option

Despite Manquillo's desire to have a crack at English football there is a third option on the table in Ligue 1 giants Marseille, who are rebuilding under a coach in Marcelo Bielsa that has strong knowledge of La Liga built up during his time in charge of Athletic Bilbao.

Marseille are also interested in a loan switch, but can't offer European football after finishing sixth in Ligue 1 last season or indeed the wages of their rich Premier League rivals.

Manquillo still expects to move on before the start of next season in search of more consistent first-team opportunities elsewhere, but Arsenal and Liverpool want a decision made quickly.

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