Report – Top Midfielder Close To Deal – Negotiations At Very Advanced Stage


Mundo Deportivo have again been reporting on Mikel merino’s potential move back to Spain, and it’s between three clubs – Real Sociedad, Real Betis and ????? with the San Sebastian club (Sociedad) in the lead.

The latest news is that the negotiations between the parties are at a very advanced after new talks have been taking place in the last few hours, and that’s according to Euskal Telebista, the radio and TV channel.

The Spanish press have been pushing this deal since last year, but we still don’t know how true it all is with Mikel on vacation over there in New York City.

Mikel Merino – in action last season

Here’s a piece we translated from the Mundo Deportivo report today:

“Merino returns from his period of rest at the beginning of next week and that would be when Real would finish the offensive for the Navarre midfielder.”

“In the meantime, it would only be necessary to resolve certain fiscal details that, while important, are in no case decisive for the operation to be subject to lurches – which are not expected today.”

“Athletic, according to this information,  have distanced themselves from interest in Merino by observing his approach to Real.”

“As this newspaper has been reporting, the signing of the former Osasuna player could be around a dozen million euros and Real would be willing to offer a long-term contract of 5 seasons to the player who currently belongs to Newcastle.”

“Next week could be decisive and, with Merino returning from vacation, it is not ruled out that  Real could announce the deal.”

We’re still not convinced this deal will go through.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


90 comments so far

  • magscar

    Jun 20, 2018 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost due to my usual impeccable timing ( 2 buses come along!)

    magscar

    Jun 20, 2018 at 12:34 PM
    Comment #38

    Bobby@30

    Spot on and never more so than when press are desperate for column inches.

    Even before Rafa arrived the club have a longstanding reputation of not announcing their interest in players and it would be foolish for Rafa do so if July 1 when first tranche of money is received is an issue and he is no fool.

    The waiting for funds is as plausible an explanation as others bandied about. Ashley has said that he won’t put in his own funds so unless sales or further instalments from previous deals already made have been recieved club is waiting for PL funds. Announcing potential done deals before player(s) actually signed is asking for trouble – Remy ( buy) or Sturridge (loan) for example

    Yeah silence could be due to the oft perceived problem of the holder (s) of finances but there is also the perennial difficulty in shifting higher wager earners. Some have left as their contracts ended this month so that is good but there are still others who I doubt we will shift like Colback. Not blaming him – unless a decent alternative or similar wages presents itself would you just go anywhere?

    As I understand it Rafa can juggle to a reasonable extent but is faced with a chicken and egg scenario – does he have to get some players out and wages freed up to both be able to buy but also to ensure he isn’t left with a top heavy squad. It is naive to think the club can carry unwanted players on high wages and bring in new players without their being a restriction.

    Rafa must by now realise how it works at club and as long as he is still in place if only for a year I am not for panicing as yet.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2

    sphinxhunter,
    That post was so frighteningly realistic I think you must be either Justin Barnes or Keith Bishop.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Double our buying price on Merino would not be too bad, but we do need another experienced DM to alternate. Especially if we are to push for Cup runs.

    The club really is in limbo due to both external and internal reasons and we will not be able to attract the top top players without another top half finish and a semi-final appearance. Rafa is currently only able to attract a certain type of player, either young looking for experience or the not made it type with potential.

    Next season will be very interesting to see how the juxtaposition between the Manager and the Club gets smoothed out and whether Rafa extends his contract. At the moment there is just too many issues up in the air.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Forgot to mention that Merinos back issue will be an on going concern and best to probably move him on.

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  • magscar

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Jail

    and you believe everything either of those would say Hmmm

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Lindisfarne – was thinking the same thing. Maybe Rafa asked his medical team about the back injury and what the chances might be of it reaccuring next season.

    If we sell Merino then I think it’ll be because of this ongoing issue. Making a fairly quick profit will just be a bonus for Rafa.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Schneiderlin is apparently looking for a new club, although he will probably cost more than we can afford. Same will definitely apply for the Dutch #10 the Blues have, although their new manager may have plans for him.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Chancel – backs problems do not mend, or go away completely….from personal experience.

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  • magscar

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #9

    I like Merino and would like to keep him and see him develop.

    However if this story that won’t go away has any truth in it then it may be the first example of putting our total faith in Rafa.

    Back injurylikely to inhibit him?

    Player can’t settle?

    Doesn’t like not being a first choice?

    Rafa needs funds?

    etc.

    What ever the reason or combination of them if he does go then presumably Rafa thinks on balance ti is in the considered interests of the club as of now?

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  • Pottsclock

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #10

    It is simple. If Merino wants to leave, then we should let him. He will never be with a manager who is more capable than Rafa of improving him. But it seems that there must be some underlying point – probably his back – that is the backdrop to all of this.
    Let’s get the best deal we can for him.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #11

    In egg-chasing news, England are going to play a friendly against Italy at St James’ Park in August next year, ahead of the World Cup. It’s great they’re bringing the England team up here, I’ll be there to watch for sure

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  • Spoof

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    magscar

    I find what appears to be the imminent sale of Merino as very strange, so much ability and so very young, personally I fear that Rafa is making a mistake but as you rightly imply Rafa is the manager and should be allowed to manage as he see’s fit and then get judged on results, which in fairness to him have been good, same situation with Mitrovic, before he joined us a handful, international football a handful, Fulham a handful, but Rafa wants rid, again for me strange but Rafa does get results so as strange as it appears he must have reasons.

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  • twotonearmy

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #13

    This Morocco team has a lot of good players. Their pressing, speed of play, and ability to run at defenders is pretty impressive. They also are going in a little hard with some tackles which may bite them in the end.

    I was going to say we should go after a player or two from them but then I realized that they have a few players that are big players well outside of our budget.

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  • twotonearmy

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Also on Merino, are we sure that Dortmund doesn’t have some sort of sell on clause? For what we paid for him unless he is a total no hope with medical issues that will always be a problem, I just don’t get why we are getting rid of him so quickly. If he could capture that form from the start of last season he could be a real handful and a replacement for the inevitable Shelvey ban or Diame dip in form next year.

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  • Pottsclock

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Portugal are very average without Ronaldo

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #16

    England coming to play at st James park. Not sure how that’ll work with Southgate and his stance on refusing to come to our ground!!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #17

    I would use merino as a make weight for Willian jose if sociedad really do want him. Midfielders are easier to replace than quality strikers and in Willian jose, we would finally have a quality striker.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh and big up diame in addition to the comments on the last thread. Love how pogba looked liked he’d gone 20 rounds with mike Tyson when he was subbed off. I think deep down, even mike Tyson fears diame!!

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  • magscar

    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Spoof

    Yes I think if this happens we have to accept that Rafa is proceeding with his eyes wide open – knowing the player, seeing him in training, judging his attitude, talking with him without any need for interpreter, getting medical team input ,assessing an upgrade etc

    We moved quickly to make the loan permanent only months ago and now this? Normally I dismiss all the newspaper talk but this is an odd one seming as if player or his agent are feeding Spanish press and I am getting the feeling there is something in this but of course we have yet to hear Rafa’s take. So could be wishful thinking maneouvering of player,agent and Spanish clubs?

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  • magscar

    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Ronaldo

    so Southgate is also managing Rugby 🙂

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  • Spoof

    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #21

    magscar

    I am concerned about this, great ability and young, from the outside looking in a contract extension would be the expected discussions, but to me it appears as if something is amiss and Merino’s position is now untenable, but why, to my knowledge nothing has been reported but I feel something must have happened, no doubt the theorists and the in the knows will update us with there usual nonsense very soon.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #22

    As there’s not much happening NUFC football wise, just thought I’d mention a news item re. another example of Donald Trumps wisdom.

    He said that as the Crimea was mainly Russian speaking and formerly part of Russia that the West should recognize their claim to it officially.

    In which case surely we should be able to take former English speaking colonies back into the British Empire, that would resolve very nicely the Brexit situation.

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  • barkel

    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #23

    f*$k trump

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #24

    I think we should just sell all of our good players, that would seriously help the Ashley benefit fund and remove a lot of speculation about player sales.

    As Mr Ashley so correctly believes there are shedloads of quality youngster in the Conference and lower leagues to be found if only Rafa would get off his a*se and look for them.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Essex Geordie

    If Donald Trump is your view of what is a good example of what is good then fine that is your view, personally I find him obnoxious but at the same time I do feel that he could benefit world peace or alternatively totally destroy it, personally, as obnoxious as he is I back and welcome him, but that isn’t really for this blog is it.

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  • Pottsclock

    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #26

    How have Morocco not scored….?

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  • Mag52

    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Ronald.

    I think you might find that it’s Southgate’s idea to play more international matches away from Wembley.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Spoof do read it properly, do you understand sarcasm?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Potsclock

    Cos they don’t have a goalscorer, same as us.

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  • carltoon

    Jun 20, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #30

    I think robleeno means the rugby England team coming to St. James . Don’t think Gareth Southgate would dare come here.

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  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Jun 20, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Have always said that Wilshire would be a good signing if Rafa can keep him fit and his temper under control, if we are losing Merino we should 100% get Wilshire to take his place, just pay his wages, no brainer really.

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  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Jun 20, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #32

    On another note, just read that Chelsea may send Zappacosta out on loan. Newcastle need a right back so why not take a look at that option Rafa, Chelsea willing to do a loan with option to buy.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 20, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #33

    carl, yep – I mentioned egg chasing, should have specifically said it’s the England rugby union team playing Italy in a World Cup warm up.

    If Wembley is bought by the Fulham owner, we may see the England footy team on the road again and St James’ would definitely be attractive as a venue.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 20, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Lol, didn’t realise rob was talking about the rugby where England come to st James park. That makes much more sense. Southgate can breathe a sigh of relief!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 20, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #35

    As you can tell, I don’t follow rugby. Never particularly took to it at all.

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  • magscar

    Jun 20, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Ronaldo

    Egg chasers gave it away 🙂

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 20, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Lol Ronaldo, yeah it was a little out of context and not very clearly communicated.

    Interesting though – St James is becoming less a footy venue, more of a multi-use arena. It will always be the home of Newcastle United, but I’m not sure how I feel about the brand being diluted.

    From another, less parochial, point of view, and while it won’t benefit the club while Ashley is siphoning commercial revenue, it demonstrates to any potential buyer that the stadium at the centre of the city is a revenue generator in its own right which can only make the club more marketable.

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  • hibbit

    Jun 20, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #38

    the list of chelsea players we are interested in just keeps growing Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Abrahams, and now Zappacosta
    we can only have one of these players on loan ( i think ?? )

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 20, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Becoming a nursery for the big boys

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  • magscar

    Jun 20, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Spoof

    I don’t usually give any credence to these ins and outs as it is mostly if not total pure speculation. The club have said before that they won’t respond to links for players in Press so unless a direct bid is received and made public or Rafa is asked in a Press conference I wouldn’t expect any public response to all the Press tales.

    It’s neverthless odd that the Spanish Press are continuing to portray the story in the manner they are.

    Is it happening but NUFC are keeping quiet as usual but agent is feeding info to Spanish Press?

    Or are club regarding it as agent trying to force a move and dealing with it between them, player and agent without publicity?

    Club have been quiet but if there is no news ( real that is) may be that is why?

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