Newcastle United January transfer set to be announced - contract agreed until 2025

Javier Manquillo is on the verge of leaving Newcastle United. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)Javier Manquillo is on the verge of leaving Newcastle United. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
Javier Manquillo is on the verge of leaving Newcastle United. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images
Newcastle United's first January exit is set to be announced.

Javier Manquillo will be announced as a Celta Vigo player on Friday, according to reports in Spain.

The Newcastle United full-back was spotted in the city of Vigo on Thursday night preparing to undergo his medical. Spanish newspaper Atlantico claims Manquillo has completed the formalities and penned a contract until 2025.

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Manquillo hasn't featured for the Magpies this campaign because a groin issue and is currently behind Kieran Trippier, Tino Livramento, Emil KrafthDan Burn and Lewis Hall in the full-back department.

Javier Manquillo is on the verge of leaving Newcastle United. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)Javier Manquillo is on the verge of leaving Newcastle United. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
Javier Manquillo is on the verge of leaving Newcastle United. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

It's understood Celta Vigo won't pay a transfer fee for Manquillo, whose contract expire in the summer.

The 29-year-old reunites with Rafa Benitez, who signed Manquillo as United manager in 2017 from Atletico Madrid following loan spells at Liverpool, Marseille and Sunderland. The defender has gone to make 110 appearances for Newcastle.

Magpies' head coach Eddie Howe is keen to bolster his squad in the remaining weeks of the January transfer window but the club must comply with Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR). The exit of Manquillo will help free up the wage bill.

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United are close to the edge of allowable losses over a three-year period. Howe admitted last week: "In an ideal world, given the freedom to act we would have brought players in already.

"But we're not in that situation - as Darren Eales alluded to on Thursday - Financial Fair Play is a problem for us, and we're having to navigate round that. That's the position we're in. When does it become a problem? It's already one, but we're trying to manage through it."

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