Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Real Sociedad’s discussions with Mikel Merino have gone well.
The 21-year-old is said to be pleased with the initial deal that Sociedad have made to him.
They are offering him a four to six-year contract, but they want Merino to first decide he wants to join them before they start official negotiations with Newcastle about a possible transfer this summer.
They believe that it would be a waste of time negotiating with Newcastle if the player is not keen to join them.
Mikel Merino – has a good future at Newcastle
Two other Spanish clubs, Athletic Bilbao and Real Betis, are also interested in signing Merino.
Real Sociedad are not too keen the potential transfer could turn into an auction between the three Spanish clubs for Merino, which favors Newcastle.
Even if Merino says he wants to join Real Sociedad, the Spanish club are likely to get significant pushback from Newcastle who don’t want to sell the accomplished youngster.
He made an impressive start to his career at Newcastle last season since signing on from Borussia Dortmund for about £7M, and he played 25 times last season.
But he was injured in October and lost his place this year because of the excellent form of both Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame.
But the Spanish U21 International is still very young and has far too much potential for the Magpies to allow him to leave.
Mikel has played 12 times for the Spanish U21 team with three goals and is highly thought of in his home country.
We would be very surprised if this Spanish report is fully accurate and we certainly don’t expect Merino to leave Newcastle this summer.