Óliver and Manquillo leave Atlético on loan

Homegrown pair join Porto and Sunderland on loans with option to buy

Óliver re-joins Porto after successful loan spell in 2014/15

Óliver re-joins Porto after successful loan spell in 2014/15

Óliver Torres and Javier Manquillo have completed loan moves to FC Porto and Sunderland respectively, it was confirmed this morning.

Atlético are working hard to offload players in the squad who don’t feature in Simeone’s plans for the season, with the two canteranos having to leave to further their careers.

Both deals include an option to buy, with Porto obligated to buy Óliver for a pre-agreed fee of €20m when his loan runs out in December 2017.

Manquillo on the other hand can join Sunderland for a reported €11m, although it is unclear whether the clause is optional or mandatory for the Premier League side.

He returns for a second stint in England after his two-year loan to Liverpool was cut short. Since then he has enjoyed a more successful spell with Marseille, playing 37 matches in all competitions for them last season.

Óliver is also back in familiar surroundings, having shone at Porto under new Spain manager Julen Lopetegui back in 2014/15.

The 21 year-old became a fan favourite at the Estádio do Dragão, and looked visibly delighted as he arrived back in Portugal to re-join a club he said “felt like home”.

Diogo Jota is also expected to join Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, with just Héctor Hernández and Alessio Cerci until operación salida is complete.

Are you happy with these moves? Have we seen the last of Óliver and Manquillo in red and white?


  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Nope, I’m not happy because i think we could really use these two guys this season. Great talents and i wish them the best still

  • nandes

    Diogo Jota to Porto? These Mendes deals are getting way too predictable. Next headline: Diogo Jota joins Monaco. And then we’ll never hear from him again

    I hope Manquillo is getting sold for real to a club where he can grow and evolve. Enough of loaning him to a different country each season

    As for Óliver, I’m just glad he’s going to a club where he’s actually appreciated and the coach won’t try to turn him into Arda Turan 2.0

  • Koke

    Wait, loan with the mandatory obligation to buy? What makes that different from just selling him? Unless we have the option to cancel the deal.

    Letting Oliver leave permanently is foolishness but I’m resigned to it by now. He will become a world class midfielder if he avoids injuries and stays motivated. I’m a little underwhelmed by the level of competition in Portugal (don’t get me wrong, I think Porto and Benifica are great and vastly underrated clubs, but the rest of the league is bleh) but at least he’ll be playing in the Champion’s league. I look forward to Oliver proving his doubters wrong.

    I don’t really know anything about Manquillo; I don’t watch his games. Hopefully though we can sign a back up left back, but I know Simeone trusts Lucas in that position. The only question is, if Filipe God forbid gets a long term injury this season, or even if he’s rested an appropriate number of games for a player of his age and work rate, is Lucas good enough to play that often? Defensively yes, I’m sure he is, but offensively I’m not so sure. Now, usually that’s not such a problem for a fullback, but for this God forsaken team that doesn’t know how to attack, that lacks creativity, that relies on its two fullbacks as its best attacking options (sad lol) I think we’d see a huge gaping hole if ever Filipe is not playing and Lucas is. I think Jordan Amavi or someone of the like would be a great replacement but I don’t see any more signings this season.