• Spaniard would be Liverpool’s first defensive deal of summer
• Reds seek season-long loan with view to permanent move
Liverpool hope to make their first defensive signing of the summer by securing Javier Manquillo on a season-long loan from Atlético Madrid.
The 20-year-old Spain youth international barely featured for Diego Simeone’s team as they won La Liga and reached the Champions League final last season but the right-sided defender is highly rated and coveted by several clubs this summer, Arsenal among them.
Anfield officials have proposed a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer for Manquillo, who will join Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Emre Can among Liverpool’s in-comings should the deal go through.
The club’s hectic summer transfer window shows no sign of abating, with the strikers Loïc Rémy and Divock Origi due in Boston, where Brendan Rodgers’ squad are in pre-season training, to undergo medicals in the next 24 hours. Liverpool have met an £8m release clause in Rémy’s contract with Queens Park Rangers and agreed to pay Lille £9.8m for the Belgium international, who is expected to return on loan to the French club next season.
Dejan Lovren is edging closer to a £20m transfer from Southampton to Anfield, with the Croatia centre-half having made clear his preference to join Liverpool to the manager Ronald Koeman, but Rodgers is keen to strengthen across his defence.
A left-back remains a priority but Swansea City’s Ben Davies is on the verge of joining Tottenham Hotspur and Sevilla have refused to budge all summer on their £20m valuation of Alberto Moreno. Liverpool’s £16m bid for the 22-year-old remains on the table.