Javier Manquillo sets sights on Liverpool transfer

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Javier Manquillo looks set to move to the Premier League this summer, with recent speculation suggesting that Liverpool have won the race for his signature.

According to reports from the Spanish press cited by Metro, Liverpool have hijacked Premier League rivals Arsenal's move for the Atletico Madrid starlet and hope to finalise the transfer this week.

Indeed, the same sources also suggest that Manquillo himself is now very eager to move to Anfield, having harboured seemingly significant worries about a lack of opportunity for regular first-team football under Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

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Arsenal worries

Those aforementioned concerns would certainly appear justified. Although club stalwart and former first-choice right-back Bacary Sagna departed Arsenal during the summer in favour of a move to reigning champions Manchester City, the Gunners spent £10 million to bring fellow French international Mathieu Debuchy to North London last week.

And although there are question marks current surrounding the future of Carl Jenkinson, it seems likely that Manquillo would have been restricted to cup appearances during any initial loan spell with Arsenal.

While it is also unlikely that, at 20, the young Spaniard will become Liverpool's undisputed first-choice in his favoured position, the Reds' lack of stability and consistency in defence could see him given a reasonable chance to prove himself  in the Premier League. 

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Liverpool deals

While it is not clear at this stage if the deal for Manquillo will be a loan arrangement or a permanent switch, his signing would represent the latest move of an extremely busy period for Brendan Rodgers in the transfer market.

Having already completed deals for Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can and highly-rated Serbian international Lazar Markovic, Liverpool are also reportedly hoping to make three - four, counting Manquillo - further signings in the coming days in the form of Loic Remy, Divock Origi and Dejan Lovren.

Such spending represents a real commitment from Rodgers to improve on last season's surprising second-placed finish, although quite whether Liverpool will be able to remain in title contention without the services of  Luis Suarez - who joined Catalan giants Barcelona earlier this month - remains to be seen.

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