News in the Chronicle today that Spanish U21 international is about to leave Newcastle to join Real Sociedad for the release fee in his contract of about £10M.
Newcastle only signed the player last summer from Borussia Dortmund and paid around £7M for him.
And of course, he is much improved after one year one Tyneside under the tutelage of Rafa Benitez.
This is not a good development for the club and puts the Newcastle hierarchy in a bad light because there is nothing we can do about losing one of our best young players.
Rafa Benitez looks puzzled – what’s going on?
It would have been a little different if he has left for say £20M to give Newcastle some profit.
We are supposed to be improving the squad this summer, but as things stand, we have lost an outstanding young player.
And it seems the deal will be completed this week so Merino will not be reporting back for training next Monday.
It also reflects on the player himself that he was not prepared to fight for his place at Newcastle and instead wanted to be guaranteed first team playing time next season.
This will bring a little more negativity to Newcastle fans who are getting frustrated at the Newcastle hierarchy moving at a snail’s pace.
As per usual.
Something has to change the way Newcastle do transfers.
What we need are a couple of good signings this week because this is looking as bad or even worse than the calamitous transfer window last summer when Newcastle looked incompetent.
We shouldn’t overreact (it’s hard not to) but what are Newcastle doing this summer with transfers?
This was meant to be a test transfer window to see if Newcastle could get the job done so Rafa would sign a new long-term deal.
We cannot imagine Rafa is very pleased with what’s happened so far in the summer transfer window.
No wonder he’s not signing a new contract.
We hope that Mike Ashley will sell the club, but that looks extremely doubtful now – even in the longer term.
Not a good start to this Tuesday morning.
The good news is things have to get better.
That’s true, isn’t it?