Newcastle officials say they were almost forced by Mikel Merino’s representatives to put a release clause in his Newcastle contract.
The release clause is set at around £12M and it seems Borrusia Dortmund also demanded a sell-on clause inserted into Merino’s contract.
Newcastle fans are divided on the Merino situation.
Some fans point out that if he not willing to stay and fight for his place then he should probably leave.
Some think Newcastle have made a big mistake in putting those clauses in his contract and even appear to be naive.
Those fans who rate Mikel think it will be a huge loss for the club.
And those who do not rate Mikel wonder what all the fuss is about.
Rafa Benitez congratulates Mikel Merino
Here are some of the tweets sent in by Newcastle fans on the Merino situation – which seems messy.
See you later Merino. You had a few flashes of brilliance and a shed load of potential but, quite frankly, if you don’t want to fight for your place then it’s best that you leave now. #NUFC
— Waffle F.C. (@JimmyWaff) June 25, 2018
Embarrassing that #NUFC put such a low release fee in Merino’s deal. More weakening of the squad, what a great idea……
— Marc Jobling (@MarcJobling) June 25, 2018
So Merino’s representatives “insisted” that he had a release clause put into his contract when he signed on a permanent deal and he’s expected to have one at Real Sociedad too.
I like the lad, but he’s went down in my estimations a little from all this. Commitment issues? #nufc
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) June 25, 2018
The Merino contract sounds very odd. Quite a low sell on clause if true and strange he would want one as he’s only been here 5 mins. Maybe with transfer fees going mental its the only way to ensure you can leave if you want #NUFC
— Sean (@sehol) June 25, 2018
Merino only played well in 4-5 games as well.
He was injured for 1/3 of the season and on the bench for the other 1/3.
He’s clearly not got the bottle or patience to wait.
Move on. Sell. Replace.#NUFC
— Burnsie ?? NUFC ??? (@BenArfaChance) June 25, 2018
— Dayle (@DayleBarron) June 25, 2018
@mikelmerino1 This Merino leaving talk what actually is the f***n crack? kids got Mega talent had 1 tricky injury now we’re selling? Only reason I can see is he’s not settled in the area cause it’s not the PL style or standard he Bossed games while he was fit! Please stay #NUFC
— Kris. (@hoothoot81) June 25, 2018
Be gutted to see Merino leave #nufc
Has a big future.
— Adam Matues (@AdamMatues) June 25, 2018
Clearly the “model” only allows incomings if we can sell some from our already painfully thin squad……Mitro, Merino just the start I suspect#nufc
— Michael Gallon (@MichaelGallon) June 25, 2018
Surely and I mean, SURELY #NUFC are not letting Merino walk without a replacement lined up.
Thiago Maia would be a good replacement and an upgrade, if links at the beginning of the summer hold up.
— The Perennial Pundit (@PerennialPundit) June 25, 2018