Liverpool are close to hijacking Arsenal’s for Atletico Madrid defender Javier Manquillo, according to Metro.
The Spain Under-20 star looked set for a season long loan move to Arsenal where the Gunners would have had first option to sign him permanently next summer.
But Brendan Rodgers has reportedly pipped Arsene Wenger to his signature after guaranteeing him more playing time at Anfield, with the defender initially expressing his concerns with what he was being offered at Arsenal.
The 20-year-old is now desperate to join Liverpool and is hoping a deal between the Reds and La Liga champions Atletico Madrid can be agreed as soon as possible.
Wenger, however, has already identified an alternative option, with Catania’s Gino Peruzzi now well and truly in this sights.