The Spanish media are once again linking central Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino with a move away from Newcastle in the summer.
This time there’s a report in AS yesterday.
And it’s the same club he’s being linked with – Athletic Bilbao – who were keen to sign him last summer but were beaten out by Newcastle.
Merino made an excellent start to his Newcastle career until late October when he suffered a back injury.
Mikel Merino – going nowhere
It took some time for him to recover from that – the worst injury he has sustained in football.
And by the time he did Mohamed Diame had come into the side and has been a revelation this year.
The consequences of that is that young Merino hasn’t been able to get much playing time.
But he’s only 21 and one of Spain’s best young player And the Spanish U21 International should not be sold this summer.
We’re sure he will not be and he has to challenge for his place in the Newcastle side and that’s exactly what Rafa has been telling him.
Newcastle paid about £7M for Merino when we signed him from Borussia Dortmund on a five-year deal.
The transfer fee quoted by AS is €10M (£8.8M) – but it will be much higher than that.
If Athletic Bilbao do make a formal approach for the player it seems a certainty that Rafa will tell them he’s not available.
He’s one of our best young players and showed tremendous promise in the 25 appearances he made for Newcastle last season.
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