By Danny Wright
Newcastle have confirmed the signing of defender Javier Manquillio from Atletico Madrid.
The Magpies announced on their official Twitter account on Friday afternoon that the 23-year-old had agreed terms to make his switch to the North-East permanent after spending last season on loan with Sunderland.
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A statement on the club’s official website confirmed that he is Rafa Benitez’s fourth signing of the summer, following Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune and Jacob Murphy in penning deals on Tyneside.
It added that Manquillo has penned a three-year deal and switches from Atletico for an undisclosed fee and has already joined up with his new team mates at a training camp in the Republic of Ireland.
Manqullio made 22 appearances across all competitions for Sunderland last season as they were relegated from the Premier League.
He managed to score one goal for the doomed Black Cats, which came on the final day of the campaign in a 5-1 mauling at the hands of champions Chelsea.
The Spanish right-back has also had spells at Marseille and Liverpool.
Football Insider Verdict
Manquillio looks like he could be a decent addition to Benitez’s squad, but he must be slightly worried by the fact that he was in and out of a team that was relegated last season. The Spaniard arrives at St. James’ Park with good pedigree following stints at Atletico, Marseille and Liverpool and could be a better option that Paul Dummett at left-back. He also offers versaility and can fill in on the right side of a back four, which solves the problem of replacing Vurnon Anita, who left for Leeds on a free transfer. It might take the Toon Army a while to adapt to have an ex-Sunderland man in their team, but he could be a good signing.
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