The 29-year-old defender, who has not featured in Newcastle’s first-team lineup this season due to multiple muscular injuries and fitness issues is expected to reunite with his former Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez at Celta Vigo, after Benitez signed him twice in the past.
Manquillo joined Newcastle in 2017 and has since been a role player for the squad, more often sitting in the bench than getting minutes on the field, let alone starting games.
This season, however, has been a forgettable one for the Spaniard. He has been relegated to fourth-choice right-back, behind Kieran Trippier, Tino Livramento, and Emil Krafth, even with the latter experiencing serious physical issues recovering from an ACL injury.
Manquillo’s contract was set to expire at the end of the season, so the move to Celta Vigo offers Manquillo a new challenge and more playing opportunities this year while Newcastle bags a bit of money instead of losing the defender for nothing next summer.
The decision to transfer Manquillo is obviously influenced by the current financial constraints the club is trying to navigate without incurring in penalties. The Magpies are approaching the Premier League Salary Regulation (PSR) limit, so expect more transfers (out) like this happening more often than ever.
Despite an injury crisis within the squad, Newcastle needs to offload fringe players to free up wage bill space for potential new signings this month and going forward.
Manquillo will boost Celta’s precarious squad and add some veteranship and depth to the team, which is sitting 16th in Spanish top-flight division. The right-back has previously played in the Premier League for Liverpool and Sunderland, in addition to his time at Newcastle.
Good luck, Javi!