Liverpool transfer news: Reds win race to sign Atletico Madrid youngster Javier Manquillo

Arsenal were interested in the defender but Liverpool are set to complete deal

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Liverpool have beaten off competition from Arsenal to sign Atletico Madrid defender Javier Manquillo, according to AS newspaper.

The Spanish media outlet is reporting that Liverpool have won the race to sign the Spain Under-20 star and look set to unveil him as a Red in the coming days.

Arsenal had been in talks with Atletico over a possible season-long loan deal with a view to make it permanent in the future but now it looks set that the 20-year-old will go to Anfield.

Manquillo was uncertain of the amount of first-team football he would get in the coming season with Atletico or Arsenal and has been persuaded by Brendan Rodgers to join Liverpool.

Rodgers and co are now working on finalising the deal with the Spanish champions.


Manquillo only played a handful of games for Atletico over the past two seasons but did impress for their B-Team during the 2012/13 season.

He has also progressed well throughout all of Spain’s youth sides but is yet to make his senior debut.