Newcastle Complete First Outgoing Transfer – A Lot More To Come


Mikel Merino has finally completed his transfer To Real Sociedad which is only 50 miles from where he grew up in Spain in his hometown of Pamplona.

Sociedad triggered the release clause in his contract of £10M and there was little Newcastle could do about it since he said he wanted to leave the club after only one year on Tyneside.

He had the same kind of release clause in his contract at Borussia Dortmund before Newcastle triggered that last summer to bring him to Newcastle for about £6M.

Mikel Merino – after scoring his only goal for Newcastle – against Crystal Palace

Rafa Benitez has explained Mikel and his agents insisted on that clause at the two big clubs (Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle) in case he didn’t get enough playing time and he could leave.

We doubt he has that clause in his contract at Sociedad where he’s likely to be their star player.

This is what the 21-year-old gifted player said after being unveiled as a Real Sociedad player:

“I am very happy and very happy to play in a club that I love and one that I have followed since I was a child.”

“It’s very close to Osasuna.” “I am delighted to be here and looking forward to playing the ball.”

“It’s a very nice project, with the change of the stadium and everything is good with the group.”

“The fans here have spoken so well to me and being back to being close to home is important.”

“I am feeling integrated.” “All of them have been important factors and I think I have made a good decision.”

“I want to grow and help the team grow.” “We can improve and aspire to higher levels.”

“I hope it’s a beautiful season.”

Real Sociedad finished only 12th in La Liga last season with 49 points from their 38 games.

Sociedad will be looking to do a lot better next season with Merino running their midfield.

So this is the first transfer we have done that gets Newcastle some money into the club.

And there’s more to come with the likes of Mitrovic, Mbemba, Colback, Aarons, Armstrong, and others expected to leave Newcastle for fees this summer.

We are sorry to see Mikel leave Newcastle but we wish him the very best in what should be an excellent career for him.

The 21-year-old certainly has the potential to become a top player.

Comments welcome.


163 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Chaps
    It little behoves me to support Jail
    but his “coming out” remark was
    a reference to RobLeenio’s denial
    of being an Ashley apologist.
    (I think)

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 12, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Thank you for putting yourself through that state of behovement Jib, you were entirely correct in your thinking.
    Jeezus H Christos!!!

    3
  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 12, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #3

    If Robleenio is gay then good luck to him. He has nothing to be ashamed of at all. Gay people are accepted in all walks of life nowadays and it should be no different on a football blog

    12
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Swallocks,
    eff off 😀

    3
  • Average_Contents

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Having to rely on other clubs to give us cash by selling our players so we can buy someone else’s.

    That’d be low, even for the fat cnut!

    What has the club become.

    8
  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #6

    JfA, think before you type then – I’m sure Jib will help with what “Coming out of the closet” means.

    However, I don’t think you’re that thick, I think you said it on porpoise (sic)……

    3
  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Coming out of the closet does also have non sexual meanings.

    2
  • c-dog

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #8

    So our fans are under investigation for discrimination at last nights game. The wheels well and truly fell off what was our best tournament in decades. What a mess.

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Looks like a player plus cash deal with the Baggies
    Rolando Aarons + cash oot
    Salomon Rondon in

    3
  • hibbit

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Mister Tuff @7

    especially if you have a walk in wardrobe !!!!

    3
  • DaveD1000

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #11

    going with innocent JAil in this one but Betty actually had me Lol

    3
  • Offkey

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Lol at supporting trump but attacking forms of discrimination

    DubaiMicky
    Jul 12, 2018 at 5:42 PM
    Comment #47
    I completely support Trump and wish our politicians put our Country first – like he does his.

    Oh and JfA, you last comment to RobLeenio was totally unacceptable.

    16
  • hibbit

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #13

    don’t tell me jail swings both ways, any port in a storm and all that sailor ???????
    he is a lecky so he’ll knows all about ac/dc

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Jfa I think you’re a halfwit about certain things but surely you weren’t being homophobic here. I don’t think so?

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Jib, I think Solomon for Aaron’s plus dash for West Bromwich will do fine, in the absence of a big striker buy. Rafa must be looking at West Ham’s money and wishing we had half their ambition. Or Fulham. Or wolves

    0
  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Wijnaldum has been talking to Fenerbhace in Turkey
    Rafa has got wind and is also talking to him.

    3
  • DaveD1000

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Jail and robleenio have been sparking on that argument for a while Ashley closet has come up a few times.

    In other news…..Carroll is injured, out for 3 months

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Would the fans accept GW ?
    I think they would
    He left NUFC without any acrimony

    5
  • hibbit

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #20

    DaveD1000
    Carroll not interested in a return to the north east anyway, essex boy these days !!!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Offkey,
    Eh???
    DubaiMickey, why do I need to think about what I said, I knew exactly what I was posting, I’ve been saying he’s an Ashley apologist for awhile now, he just won’t admit it, it was reference to that.

    3
  • DaveD1000

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Hibbit
    thank fishcakes for that

    0
  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Should have said
    “Rafa has got wind of it”
    I wasn’t suggesting he had digestive problems
    😀

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m not sure there’s any truth in that story at all, we definitely won’t be paying 25M for him, he was a main player last year, he’ll be on at least 80K a week, he just played in a CL final, he will not want to come back here to scrap it out for tenth.

    3
  • Offkey

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail – just laughing at a guy supporting trump but takes umbrage with what they perceive as discrimination. I regularly read The blog so knew what you were saying and why

    11
  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #26

    Moanster – just been a clip on the local news – BBC Newcastle -doing an interview with Rafa at their training centre in Ireland. Loads of folk walking past with their mini Toons fans wearing Toon tops. So they must be letting members of the public in.

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Crystal play FC Helsingør Denmark tonight in a
    pre season friendly – Townsend on bench

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Palace even

    2
  • c-dog

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail has too many cans from time to time daily and can’t be held responsible for what he writes. I doubt he’s such a bigot and it’s more plausible he just lets himself down.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 12, 2018 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Offkey,
    Ah!! All a storm in a tea cup, have a good evening Offkey 😀

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #31

    C-dog,
    No cans for me today, I’m eight miles off the coast of Blackpool and not a drop in sight.

    1
  • c-dog

    Jul 12, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Any whales moving north?

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Jul 12, 2018 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Tks a million tuff

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 12, 2018 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #34

    No, it’s staying where it is!

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #35

    I sure that Rob’s missus and kids, who he often mentions on the blog, will be very surprised at the way some people misinterpreted Jails comment.

    He’s never struck me as being a Ashley apologist, or gay I hasten to add. 🙂

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Winaldum, yes but what about that striker?

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 12, 2018 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #37

    I noticed a team list of the squad going to Ireland today on the NUFC site and thought oh good, I’ll copy and paste that onto the blog until I realised it was last years trip to the Emerald Isle.

    Dohhhhh!

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Jul 12, 2018 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha WTF all I did was come home and grab me dinner made by my lovely wife!!!! and in that time the blog nearly melts down over closet gate.

    For what it’s worth I am neither gay nor an Ashley apologist. My point was more that he must look at these stupid fees and wonder what the hell he’s got himself into.

    Jail I know you have suspicions over my political leanings (dare I say bent?) and I know your comment was referring to that.

    10
  • lesh

    Jul 12, 2018 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #39

    Mr Tuff

    Speaking of young ton fans in their tops, here’s the headline from a Mag thread: I haven’t posted the link to The Mag cos Mr Jib thinks it’s wrong to do so.

    ‘Mike Ashley charging Newcastle fans more for new home shirt than fans of any other club at Sports Direct’ [and the NUFC club shop?]

    He owns the Club and hits its fans, its customers with that?

    And Jib, batting for him, had the nerve to claim Ashley’s not greedy!

    C’mon Jib and the other Ashley apologists, let’s be hearing your defence of him!

    5
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 12, 2018 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #40

    Lesh

    He does have a lifestyle to maintain! 🙂

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