Report Suggests This Midfielder Could Be Newcastle’s 6th Summer Signing After Mikel Merino


We had suggested a couple of days ago that 28-year-old Andreas Samaris of Benfica, who we have been linked with for almost two months this summer may not now be a top target for Newcastle.

We said that because right out of the blue we are signing 21-year-old Mikel Merino of Borussia Dortmund, who also plays as a holding midfielder.

That signing should be announced today, and it’s a season long loan deal with the Mail reporting Newcastle have an obligation to buy him (we must buy him) next summer for £6M.

The news a couple of days ago in Portuguese outlet O Jogo was that Argentine U20 central midfielder Santiago Ascacibar from Estudiantes de La Plata would be arriving soon at the Benfica club and when that happens Andreas Samaris can be sold.

Benfica’s 28-year-old holding midfielder Andreas Samaris

Newcastle has already bid €15M for the player according to O Jogo but Benfica was holding out for €20M (£17.8M), and it could now be that Newcastle can get their man for that €15M – around €13.4M.

However, there was more news in O Jogo yesterday that terms have already been agreed with Samaris and he will be getting a bumper pay rise to sign for Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

O Jogo is reporting that he gets €900K a year at Benfica at the moment and Newcastle has offered him a huge €2.5M/year wages after taxes to make the switch to the Premier League and Newcastle.

€2.5M tax-free is about £2.23M at today’s exchange rate.

Only Everton have been interested in Samaris in the past, but it seems like their interest has waned over the last several weeks.

We thought we could have too many holding midfielders if we signed Samaris especially when we are also linked with 26-year-old central midfielder Allan of Napoli who can play as a holding midfielder or as a playmaker.

But if we do get Samaris through the door then it’s almost sure that Jack Colback will be sold, and he’s English and has played about 200 PL games for Sunderland and Newcastle United combined.

We could perhaps get well north of £5M for him at today’s crazy transfer prices.

Samaris has 28 caps and one goal for Greece, but he didn’t get the playing time he wanted last season with the Portuguese powerhouse appearing only 32 times, but a lot of those were late sub appearances.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note – after we sent out this article looks like Shields Gazette’s reporter Miles Starworth doesn’t think Andreas Samris is coming to Newcastle – we seem to have got a better deal for Mikel Merino – interesting.



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38 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Ron Knee

    That’s exactly why he’ll be sold

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  • EllaGuru

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Interesting report over on footballwhispers (http://www.footballwhispers.com/blog/mikel-merino-scouting-report) claiming that Merino is more in the mould of Shelvey, but with the added ability of being able to defend. Claims he has a great range of passing, positional sense etc
    Maybe he is going to fight it out with Shelvey for that creative spot, and Samaris is going to fight it out with Hayden? I think we have a range of alternatives with those 4, and can safely forget about McCarthy.
    I for one, as an Irish football fan, would not like to see McCarthy anywhere near our squad. He is not the playmaker he is being made out to be.

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  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Merino would be an excellent compliment to Shelvey, he is a box to box midfielder who has excellent mid and long range passing skills, he has a good burst of speed and quick feet, he is comfortable on the ball, reads the game very well and is not afraid to get stuck into a challenge. if he can bring this into the team he would be better alongside Shelvey rather than replacing him IMO.

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  • Grafton83

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Don’t believe the papers, he’s not coming. We have to sell before anyone joins.

    Not sure midfield is the priority now anyway, striker or keeper next

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Rafa quote seems categorical. (Forget about single signings in the region of £25 million)
    That grinning ‘every penny..’ promise is clearer now. Every penny = not much.
    Rafa agreed with the figures though didn’t he?
    Surely we can still cobble together enough to compete for a good goalscoring option. Probably expected to have sold a keeper, Hanley, and one or two more by now to top up the little coffers..

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  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Merino will be unveiled today according to German media, the deal is for a one year loan with an obligation to buy after he has played a few games.

    Rafa said this to the press…

    Rafa Benitez:

    “We don’t talk about names because we have been linked with 100.

    “I am really pleased that you (media) didn’t know about Mikel Merino because it means that we are doing our job properly.”

    Wonder who else is out their we don’t know about?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #7

    sitc,
    Always been the case with Ashley, he can “lend” us money to keep us afloat after his meddling has landed us in the shite but he can’t lend us money to buy a couple of top signings.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #8

    firebug666

    let’s hope Rafa has a few more up his sleeve that no one in the media has picked up on

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed, I’m wishing you well through your medical issues. You do a great job of putting up these articles and making a little fan community of Newcastle fans to interact.

    Thanks, and I hope you get back to normal as soon as possible.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #10

    LR32,
    Long time no see!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Merino alongside Shelvey could cause a few problems for the opposition.

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  • EllaGuru

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Sing in the corner:

    Do you not think that Gayle deserves his chance? Remember last time out in the PL we had nothing in the way of creativity down either flank. We were seemingly unable to get decent deliveries into the box. I for one think we should give Gayle a chance, and have Mitro as his foil.
    If this fails miserably, then we can look to replace in January. I do not see the point, unless a 20 goal a season man becomes available for reasonable money, to splash on an unproven youngster, albeit with the potential to sell him on for big money in a couple of years. We are not a selling club, are we?

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  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #13

    hibbit

    It seems like that is how he want’s things to be done, however, you cannot always keep things quiet as selling clubs and agents let things slip in the hope of creating competition for their players and increasing their value.

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  • EllaGuru

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Shire:
    I do like the sound of that partnership alright. Hayden not half bad as a backup either!

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  • calvinzolamakongo

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Been one out one in so far so i guess when rivi is official we will see another signing, anita went for atsu,sammy and vukic lujeune ,murphy and gouff for murphy and manquillo then gibson for merino

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  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #16

    With Merino coming in, if Colback stays with us he might have to play second fiddle to Dummett at LB, can’t see him getting another game in the midfield.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Said all along that Rafa had something up his sleeve and would right flank the media!

    Reading those comments from Sausage last night about the meeting with Rafa were very interesting. Don’t think we’ll be breaking our Transfer record this summer. But I can live with that.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #18

    EllaG
    Yeah, I think Gayle certainly deserves his chance. But it’s a long hard season, he never plays the majority of it, has broken down regularly. Therefore we are currently going with Mitro as the other available out and out striker. Mitro isn’t good enough to come in and be relied upon to score enough goals, in my opinion. I don’t think we can call Perez a quality option up front.
    We need another good striker as well as Gayle.

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  • EllaGuru

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #19

    Shire:
    I understand the excitement of bringing in a marquee striker signing. I remember it when Shearer, Owen etc signed and it was great. I think that without breaking our current transfer record we will not be able to upgrade on Gayle or Mitro, and therefore we should stick with what we have. I am not a fan of bringing in Bathtub from Chelsea just to develop him and hand him back after a season.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Ella
    I think Hayden will surprise a few of us this season. He was outstanding the other day against Bradford

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  • EllaGuru

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #21

    Sing:
    Fair point about Gayle’s injury problems. I just wonder if we are going to get value for money in bringing in another forward. We could most likely end up with another Riviere on our hands.

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  • Big Archie

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #22

    While Rafa obviously thinks highly of Merino , he is unbelievably single footed and will be found out very quickly

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Having said that, we have tried to improve the wing options. If supply is better, hopefully the chances will be more forthcoming.

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  • EllaGuru

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Shire:
    I am a big fan of Hayden. I watched him a few times last season, and he has excellent positional sense, is really good in the tackle, and technically he is no slouch. I think the lad is only going to improve with PL experience.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #25

    Ella
    I would take Batshuayi on loan with option to buy.

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #26

    Report of Riviere going to Metz, now.
    Has Penfold managed to get a bidding war going for our experienced PL striker?

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  • EllaGuru

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #27

    Sing:
    About the wing options: I fully agree. I think this has been our big problem in attack the last few years, and Rafa is doing his best to get it sorted. If we can keep Aarons fit, we have some decent wide options now.

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #28

    Will be picking Hayden for player of the season, again, with Dummett as the other option 😛

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #29

    Ella
    Agree on Hayden mate

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  • hibbit

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #30

    Big Archie

    honest question …….
    have you actually seen him play ?????????????
    so fr never come across anyone who seen him play other than these few youtube bits

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  • EllaGuru

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #31

    Shire:
    With option to buy, then definitely. However Chelsea are likely to look stupid money, or reject the option to buy clause in the contract at all. I think Charnley/Cashley will balk at either option.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #32

    firebug @16

    That’s got to be the best bit of news this summer.

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  • EllaGuru

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #33

    How much did we get Hayden for? If I remember it was about 3M? Bargain!

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #34

    Riviere: Mag headline ‘Emmanuel Riviere in Demand – Metz hijack striker’s move to Turkey’.
    Is it 1st April 😮

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  • hibbit

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #35

    toontaff2
    i often wonder what peoples opinion of dummett would be if he had a player like ritchie in front of him
    instead of all the misfits he’s had to run with

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  • hibbit

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #36

    toontaff2
    a bidding war……….. lol

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  • geordie157

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #37

    Hayden for me will continue to improve and develop in the premier league. Thought he was a bit of an un-sung hero at times last season, which was backed up when he came back from injury and results improved.

    If only Colback could time his tackles as well as Hayden does!

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  • brklyngeordie

    Jul 28, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #38

    Like the way the squad is taking shape and the depth is really going to be important and should be important IF we actually decide to compete for a cup.

    Really need to get a few more out like Riviere, Saivet,Haidara,Krul,Hanley, Lazaar and Colback if possible or put him at LB reserve always felt that was his best position.

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