Newcastle transfer news: Ex-Arsenal boss wants Toon player, Big claim on Almiron future

It’s no great secret that Newcastle United don’t have a great deal of cash to throw around this January.

Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 9:24 am
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Under-fire manager Steve Bruce is more than likely going to have to turn to the loan market if he is to strengthen his squad before the close of the window, and the inverse of that minimal budget is that the Magpies are seemingly reluctant to let players leave in the coming weeks.

A recent report from The Athletic even suggested that Newcastle would be willing to let Dwight Gayle exit the club on a free transfer instead of accepting a bid for him this month.

With that in mind, El Periódicio Mediterráneo’s report that former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has added Toon full-back Javier Manquillo to his two-man shortlist for a new right-back at Villarreal is unlikely to be met with delight on Tyneside.

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Burnley are still intent on bringing in new players before the end of the month, but the Clarets may have to wait until the latter stages of the window to conduct their business. (Sky Sports) (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The piece suggests that the Spaniard is being watched alongside River Plate’s Gonzalo Montiel as the La Liga outfit look to solve a problem position.

In other circumstances, an exit for Manquillo wouldn’t seem like a hugely surprising prospect.

The 26-year-old has been limited to just six Premier League appearances this term, and when he has played, he hasn’t necessarily shone.

DeAndre Yedlin, who has played the same amount of games in the top flight this term, has managed to complete 25% more of his attempted dribbles than Manquillo, as well as making more passes and more interceptions per 90 minutes, as per Wyscout.

Leeds United will be willing to spend up to £22.3 million on Fiorentina midfielder Erick Pulgar. Sevilla are also interested in the Chilean international. (Calcio Mercato) (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Perhaps a summer move is more likely, but whether or not Steve Bruce will be there to make a decision on his future remains to be seen.

Pressure is mounting on the 60-year-old, and news of his precarious situation has even reached South America.

Speaking to Paraguayan outlet Cronica, journalist Christian Martin has suggested that the Toon boss is much more likely to leave than midfield livewire Miguel Almiron.

He said: “The prognosis is now reserved, I think it’s all aimed at saving Newcastle from relegation.

Brighton defender Bernardo has sealed a loan move to Austrian outfit RB Salzburg until the end of the season. (Various) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

"Let’s see if Steve survives this. I think Steve is more out than Almiron.”

The player’s agent recently caused a storm by suggesting that he was set to leave Tyneside in the near future.

Here are some of the best of the other Premier League rumours doing the rounds:

Tottenham are keen to make a move for Southampton striker Danny Ings this summer. The forward is yet to sign a new deal with the Saints. (Eurosport) (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Crystal Palace have joined Leeds United in the race to sign Jean-Philippe Mateta. The 23-year-old has hit 10 goals in 17 matches for Mainz this season. (The Independent) (Photo by Ronald Wittek - Pool/Getty Images)
Newcastle United are keeping tabs on Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove. Stoke City are also keen on the 24-year-old talent. (The Sun) (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has added Newcastle United full-back Javier Manquillo to his two-man shortlist for a new right-back at Villarreal. River Plate’s Gonzalo Montiel is the other option. (El Periódicio Mediterráneo) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Steve Bruce is more likely to leave Newcastle United in the near future than Paraguayan midfielder Miguel Almiron. The South American has been linked with an exit in the recent past. (Christian Martin via Cronica) (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Reported Sheffield United target Jesse Lingard could end up staying at Manchester United this month. OGC Nice were also understood to be keen on the player, but the French side have reportedly cooled their interest. (Sky Sports) (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)