Willy Sagnol’s Ligue 1 outfit are plotting to replace Brazilian full-back Mariano, who is on the brink of confirming a move to Sevilla, where he will replace Barcelona-bound Aleix Vidal.
The Gironde heavyweights have shortlisted two players to replace the 29-year-old, with Atletico Madrid’s Manquillo being considered alongside OFK Belgrade’s 20-year-old full-back, Milan Gajic according to L’Equipe.
While the latter is a recent U20 World Cup winner, having lifted the tournament in New Zealand with Serbia recently, Manquilllo’s experience may give him the edge.
The right-back began his career at Real Madrid, before switching to Atletico in 2007. He gradually earned his stripes with the Colchoneros’ B team, making six league appearances for Diego Simeone’s first team across the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
He spent last term on loan at Liverpool, but struggled to impress, managing only 10 league appearances, two each in the domestic cups and a further five outings in Europe.
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The 2014 La Liga winner had originally been pencilled in for a two-year loan deal, but his temporary spell at Anfield was ended a year early [The Guardian].
He has represented Spain at every youth level from U16 to U21, but is yet to make his bow for the senior side.