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Report – Mikel Merino Positive About Proposal Made To Him By Real Sociedad

Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Real Sociedad’s discussions with Mikel Merino have gone well.

The 21-year-old is said to be pleased with the initial deal that Sociedad have made to him.

They are offering him a four to six-year contract, but they want Merino to first decide he wants to join them before they start official negotiations with Newcastle about a possible transfer this summer.

They believe that it would be a waste of time negotiating with Newcastle if the player is not keen to join them.

Mikel Merino – has a good future at Newcastle

Two other Spanish clubs, Athletic Bilbao and Real Betis, are also interested in signing Merino.

Real Sociedad are not too keen the potential transfer could turn into an auction between the three Spanish clubs for Merino, which favors Newcastle.

Even if Merino says he wants to join Real Sociedad, the Spanish club are likely to get significant pushback from Newcastle who don’t want to sell the accomplished youngster.

He made an impressive start to his career at Newcastle last season since signing on from Borussia Dortmund for about £7M, and he played 25 times last season.

But he was injured in October and lost his place this year because of the excellent form of both Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame.

But the Spanish U21 International is still very young and has far too much potential for the Magpies to allow him to leave.

Mikel has played 12 times for the Spanish U21 team with three goals and is highly thought of in his home country.

We would be very surprised if this Spanish report is fully accurate and we certainly don’t expect Merino to leave Newcastle this summer.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 14, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Get Italian Football
    Leicester City have offered €13 million for Stefano Sturaro while Juventus value the midfielder at €20 million. There could be developments as negotiations progress

    Another one linked to us but not someone I’m upset about. Don’t rate him. Two comments related to this however show two different perspectives. One says he’s underrated, the other says to sell him for 5, he’s no good.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 14, 2018 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #2


    I posted earlier that NUFC have finished the season at home in recent seasons – usually dramatically!

    2015 – Relegation narrowly avoided. Jonas goal!
    2016 – Spurs thumped but NUFC relegated
    2017 – Championship winner in dying minutes of the match
    2018 – Chelsea thumped. Finished 10th, despite everything.

    This season away to Fulham. I wonder what dramas lie in store.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 14, 2018 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    I predicted the delays would come so targets go and rafa has less time to spend any budget he has… What a surprise. Targets are going by the way side.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 14, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Don’t know about you guys but if I was confident we could replace merino I would be open to selling him. I read somewhere he had a back problem and jiggly injuries at Dortmund but mostly, this talk of leaving only really came about when he couldn’t get in the team. If he doesn’t want to fight then get rid, plus the report mentioned how he wants a release clause so he can get a bigger move from the next club after us doesn’t really show any loyalty. Not the type of attitude I want here, very sissoko-esque. Saying that, he’s talented, has potential and is the type of players we need to be going for. Young, talented, not getting much game time etc.

  • MadisonToon

    Jun 14, 2018 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Merino could have a bright future, having Mbemba move on and Merino would tell me that we’re not looking at the long-game anymore…which is not what I’d expect from what people claim about Rafa being a meticulous long-term planner.

    I expect Merino to stay to keep our depth in CM unless there’s a massive offer for him.

  • lesh

    Jun 14, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #6


    You cited Crystal Palace as a club that recovered from having no points after eight games and that’s fine. But, what you don’t say is that they recruited Roy Hodgson to try to rescue their season and as we know, he did.

    So, what’s that got to do with Newcastle United?

    We’ve got an owner who’s clearly not sharing Rafa’s aims for the club.
    To date albeit reportedly, we’ve not made an offer for any of Rafa’s targets and pre-season opens up in just over three weeks.

    Rafa’s contract’s not been renewed and as suggested yesterday, Ashley may not feel inclined to back him with sensible money as Rafa may not be around next season. The same argument could be made for the winter window.

    Assuming we don’t sign Kenedy who knows the players and Rafa’s ways, the players still at the club when the season kicks off see that the squad’s weaker than it was in May and any new recruits have to be bedded in. Given our first eight games, we could well be struggling – as we did last year.

    So assuming we are really struggling for points after say 10 games, where does Ashley go from there? Does he stick with Rafa and suddenly find enough for substantial backing to recruit in January when Rafa’s not likely to be around? Or, does he sack Rafa before the winter window and recruit and back a replacement hoping that we’re not relegated for the third time?

    Ashley’s really chancing his arm this time and I’m sure we all hope that he sees sense and signs Rafa up, before any serious damage’s done.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 14, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Last summer you were on here telling people to calm down about transfers, as was I, we didn’t get many and none to really shout about. I’d leave the preaching over transfers a miss for now and leave it to regime apologists Jib/jane/jeff as repeat of many transfer previous windows is starting to likely.

  • kimbo

    Jun 14, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Do I renew my season ticket before we definitely know Rafa is staying and we don`t sell all our best players. Ashley ,you have the end of the month to sort it out !

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 14, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #9

    I rate mbemba but really, him being sold doesn’t mean we have no long term ambitions. With merino it seems to be him and people on his side pushing for a move, not us. The way he seems to be going about shows he’s not interested in us long term either.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #10

    One of the worst statements I’ve read on here in a long time was you can see where Ashley is coming from by not backing Rafa if he won’t sign a new deal.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s actually difficult to talk about long term ambitions anyway under Ashley lol.


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