Atletico Madrid have reportedly slapped a price tag of £30 million on Spanish right-back Javier Manquillo. The 21-year-old has had a fruitful time at Marseille on loan this season having appeared in 32 games for the French side and Atletico remain committed to keeping him, or selling him for a huge profit.
Manquillo moved from Real Madrid's academy to Atletico's in 2007 and went on to play 42 times for Atletico B and six times in La Liga for the senior side before leaving on loan to Liverpool, where he failed to break into Brendan Rodgers' plan at Anfield. He returned to the Vicente Calderon where he promptly left again on loan to Marseille and is catching attention from Marseille and Italy with Juventus also interested.
Atletico currently have two right-backs in their squad with first choice Juanfran and the versatile Jesus Gamez offering backup to the Spanish international. Diego Simeone is building a team of young, talented players with a strong Spanish core and it seems Atletico are willing to give Manquillo an effort to make the grade at the Calderon or force a club into parting ways with a large sum of money for a largely unproven talent.
Atletico are willing to take the chance by playing hard ball for a player who may or may not be good enough for the club. If all else fails, he will come back to Atletico and step in for Juanfran when necessary next year and if he proves to be good enough Atletico can offer him a contract then but for now, Atletico are testing the waters to see how serious Marseille are about buying the youngster.