Javier Manquillo’s Liverpool career may be brought to a premature end as a result of Nathaniel Clyne’s arrival at Anfield from Southampton for £12.5m. The 21-year-old Manquillo joined Brendan Rodgers’ team on an unusual two-year loan agreement from Atlético Madrid last summer but the right-back saw his first team opportunities dry up in the second half of the season, due in part to the manager’s switch to a 3-5-2 formation. He made 19 appearances but only three in 2015, none of them in the Premier League and the last coming as a late substitute against Besiktas in February. Liverpool need to reach agreement with both Manquillo and Atlético to end the defender’s stay this summer and have not reached that stage yet. But the exit of the Under-21 Spain international is being explored as Liverpool, having made six signings so far this summer, look to trim the squad. Aston Villa have joined the race to sign Dennis Praet, the highly rated Belgium international who is also attracting interest from Southampton and Everton. Praet is set to leave Anderlecht this summer for a fee in the region of £10m and Villa have made an inquiry about the possibility of making an offer for the midfielder. Some of the leading clubs in Europe have pursued Praet, who is now represented by Stellar Group, the football agency that looks after Gareth Bale, and it remains to be seen whether Villa can be genuine contenders for the 21-year-old’s signature. The Midlands club are on the verge of bringing in another midfielder, with Idrissa Gueye, the 25-year-old Senegalese international, holding talks on Thursday with a view to completing a £9m move.