News today in the Chronicle that it looks likely that Mikel Merino will sign this week on at Real Sociedad for the release clause of about £10M in his Newcastle contract.
We were hoping all the news from Spain this summer was simply paper-talk and that they could not afford him.
But then we learn he has a release clause in his contract so we cannot stop the deal if Merino agrees to terms with Real Sociedad and wants to leave Newcastle.
If this happens, which the Chronicle is reporting is now very likely, we will have to move on – but this is a disappointment.
Mikel Merino – when he arrived last summer
Mikel Merino looks like he can become a top player in the future, and we were hoping that would be at Newcastle with Rafa Benitez.
It looks now that will not happen.
Here are some fans’ reaction to today’s news.
Why are we even contemplating selling Merino? ? #NUFC
— Matt Gordon (@Matty____G) June 26, 2018
Really surprised at the club’s lack of sense on this. Getting good prices for players is usually the regime’s only strong point. Ludicrous to lose such a talent for £10m…#nufc #Merino #TransferWindow https://t.co/vqwisZ3qVT
— Matt (@toonelmatador) June 26, 2018
Not really arsed if #nufc sell merino, looks neat and tidy on the ball but as soon as the temperature dropped he didn’t fancy it. Hugo viana esque for me.
— Coach McCumiskey (@11coachmc) June 25, 2018
Don’t understand what Mikel Merino is on about. Was in the side last season until injuries and then inconsistencies kept him benched. Maybe just homesick? In which case is fair enough #NUFC
— Sunday Morning Pint (@SMPint) June 25, 2018
Merino has wanted out for months. Finds it too cold in Newcastle and wants a move back to Spain. If Rafa wanted him, he’d keep him. Move on. #nufc
— DeKuip02 #FBPE (@DeKuip02) June 25, 2018
???? aren’t today’s releases clauses usually set at around £20m+???#NUFC put one in for Merino that’s fractionally above what we paid
Charnley….. you crazy guy!!!! ?????
— Rafferty’s Jukebox (@PercyArmsDisco) June 25, 2018
— Dan Sheridan (@dansheridan) June 25, 2018
I genuinely wouldn’t be too bothered about Merino leaving if we signed a worthy replacement and I think we a know, that’s not happening… #NUFC
— Michael Grahamslaw (@MAGrahamslaw) June 25, 2018