News today that Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino has a release clause in his contract.
Well would you believe it, and the release clause is about £12M according to ESPN, so that’s not too bad although we could have gotten more than £12M for him – even as is being reported – that figure is in pounds rather than euros.
It also means that any club coming in for the midfielder with a £12M offer can then agree terms with the player and Newcastle are powerless to do anything about it.
The transfer will be done.
Notice that would have also been true in a year’s time – it’s just that Merino is itching for first-team football next season and wants to leave the club to get it.
Mikel Merino – has a release clause in his contract
His agents will have been letting clubs know he is available for just £12M after we paid £7M for him last summer.
But the Chronicle is reporting the Newcastle hierarchy (mainly Lee Charnley) are saying Merino’s agents demanded such a clause was inserted into the £7M deal.
That’s what they would say.
And maybe that’s why the transfer took months to finalize; it could also have been a short-sighted mistake by Newcastle’s hierarchy.
While a bid from a Spanish club has not yet been accepted by Newcastle, any bid of £12M would have to be accepted.
Maybe it was difficult to get Merino to Newcastle without a release clause but losing him is not a good thing and losing him for a reasonably mediocre release clause – because his potential is so great – is disappointing too.
And Borrusia Dortmund have a sell-on clause in the contract too apparently so not all the profit will go to Newcastle.
We need some good news soon this summer, and the aim is to have a better squad than we did last season come 9th August.
At the end of the day though, Rafa and the fans only want players who are completely committed to Newcastle, and it doesn’t look like Merino is.
But as you can see we are big fans of the 22-year-old.