It was excellent news that we have signed Mikel Merino today from Borussia Dortmund on a permanent deal and the fee is said to be around 6.5M.
Newcastle signed him as soon as we could one he had played a certain number of games so the loan fee must be minimal for the 10 weeks he was on loan, and the fee is low given how good the 21-year-old is.
How much did PSG pay for Neymar again?
Mikel gave a press conference before Rafa’s this afternoon, and he seems comfortable answering questions in what is very good English from the young Spaniard.
Mikel is already a favorite with the Newcastle fans because the lad is so modest and also so determined to become the best player he can under Rafa Benitez’ guidance.
It was not a good summer in the transfer market for us, but now we have Mikel tied up permanently – it’s looking better all the time.
Mikel Merino – signed permanently for Newcastle United
Hopefully, Mikel can help us beat the Saints on Sunday at St. Mary’s – maybe with his first ever goal for the club?
Here are some typical comments with the Geordie fans in high spirits.
In this current market £6 million for Merino has to be one of the best bits of business in a very long time #NUFC
— Scotty™ (@danny_scott98) October 13, 2017
Rafa on Merino: “We knew about his mentality and background, so we were expecting good adaptation. We are happy.” #NUFC
— Matthew Raisbeck (@raisbeck10) October 13, 2017
— Andy (@andyedmeads) October 13, 2017
The 13th of October will forever be celebrated. Birthdays, Chritmas…..not arsed. It’s all about MERINO DAY! Happy Merino Day!!! #NUFC ????
— Andy Hanson (@Andy_Hanson83) October 13, 2017
Anyone who has seen Merino play for us knows he has quality rare in a young player. Destined for big things and a steal for us #NUFC
— Steve C (@racingsteve) October 13, 2017
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) October 13, 2017
— Matt Wiles (@matt_wiles1) October 13, 2017
— Oli Davies (@OliDavies1990) October 13, 2017
— Dean (@Dean_Fitch_) October 13, 2017
As if Dortmund have sold so early! Surely they’d of got a lot more end of season, Merino is a really classy player. Huge coup by Rafa #NUFC
— Barreh (@mduggan64) October 13, 2017
— Jamie Brown (@JamieBrownNUFC) October 13, 2017
— Bradley Judd (@bjudd14) October 13, 2017
— Anth (@anthl_) October 13, 2017