Newcastle has made their third summer signing in 9 days in getting in Mikel Merino on loan for the season from German club Borussia Dortmund.
There are different news stories on whether the loan deal comes with an option to buy or an obligation to buy at the end of the loan agreement.
The one that we have heard the most comes from the Mail, and it says we have agreed to sign the tall holding midfielder who can also play at center-back next year for £6M.
Rafa doesn’t like a loan deal when we cannot buy the player who comes in on loan at the end of the season depending on how he plays.
But if Rafa believes in this player then he will have no problem with the obligation to buy, and that has saved us the transfer fee this summer but we don’t know how much the loan fee is and we’ll probably have to pay Mikel’s wages too.
Here are some typical tweets about the newcomer today.
— Bettors United (@bettorsunited) July 28, 2017
— amsyar (@Farez_Amsyar) July 28, 2017
— Ewan (@_TheDuffmeister) July 28, 2017
— Steven Johnson ???? (@GeordieLad10) July 28, 2017
“I had different options but I think this is the right place for me”
— Michezo Tanzania (@SportsTanzania) July 28, 2017
— R.KlAr (@RpK_81) July 28, 2017
Welcome to #NUFC Mikel Merino! ?? ?
— Pete Hind (@toonpete85) July 28, 2017
Mikel Merino comes across really well in his first #nufc interview.
— Jacque Talbot (@jac_talbot) July 28, 2017
Just listening to Mikel Merino’s first interview and he seems to be very confident in his own ability #NUFC
— Lewis Patterson (@LewisP_SJ) July 28, 2017
— Football Agent (@agent1football) July 28, 2017