The signing of former Wearside defender Javier Manquillo looks as good as done and The Chronicle have revealed the interesting reason as to why the ex-Sunderland loanee was not being picked by David Moyes towards the end of last season.
Manquillo had a payment clause in his loan deal from Atletico Madrid, meaning Sunderland had an obligation to sign him outright for £9.5m once he’d played 25 matches.
The full-back played 22 games for the Black Cats but, with Sunderland rock bottom and looking all set for relegation, he was then demoted from the first team, with the Championship-bound club reluctant to activate his clause and pay £9.5m for a player they could ill-afford given their perilous circumstances.
As it turns out, the 23-year old has now entered the final year of his contract at Atletico Madrid and is set to be signed by ourselves for less than half that fee, with The Chronicle confirming he will sign for £4.5million.
Sunderland fans have mocked Manquillo’s potential move to Newcastle, taking enjoyment out of the fact we’ve signed a player that ‘couldn’t get in their team’.
He may not have impressed at Sunderland, but now his situation at during his time on Wearside has been made clear it seems David Moyes knew exactly why he wasn’t playing him.