The web–site FourFourTwo have come out with the best 12 Premier League signings so far this summer and Newcastle have the 5th best transfer made so far in this window.
They pick out Mikel Merino as an excellent buy for the club, and he’s a versatile young player who can play centre-back, as a holding midfielder, but he also has the class, vision, creativity, and technical skill to be a box-to-box midfielder.
It looks like we paid a £2.5M loan fee to Borussia Dortmund for the player and we will need to pay another £6.5M once he has played a certain number of games for the club.
21-year-old Mikel Merino – 5th best PL signing
So the loan deal comes with an obligation to buy.
Mikel has made it clear he wants to improve as a player and he thinks fellow Spaniard Rafa Benitez can help him do that, so it’s a match made in heaven at Newcastle.
This is what FourFourTwo had to say about Mikel:
One of the advantages of having a high-profile manager like Rafa Benitez in charge of your newly promoted club is the access he gives you to players who would otherwise be out of reach.
Newcastle have plenty going in their favor besides their current boss, but landing Merino from Borussia Dortmund would have been tougher under, say, Steve McClaren or John Carver.
Able to play at centre-half, as a deep-lying playmaker, and in a box-to-box midfield role, the 21-year-old Spaniard completed a season-long loan move to St James’ Park last week.
Certainly, Mikel has excited the Newcastle fan base and for the money, this lad could be a stellar buy for us.