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Top Youngster Close To Leaving Newcastle – But New Complication Arises

Real Sociedad are keen on taking Newcastle’s 21-year-old Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino back to Spain.

And the news today is that Newcastle have expressed an interest in Sociedad’s 26-year-old goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli who was on loan at Real Sociedad before being signed by Manchester City in 2016.

After signing for City the Argentine was then sent back to Real Sociedad for another loan deal before signing permanently for the Spanish side last summer.

There’s a report in Mundo Deportivo today that Real want to complete the deal for Mikel Merino as soon as possible.

With Rulli currently with the Argentine side in Russia, he would certainly slow things down if Newcastle want to do a player exchange.

Real Sociedad’s 26-year-old Argentine goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli

Rulli’s Sociedad contract has another four years to run, but Manchester City have a buy-back option for £12M that they must execute before the end of this month – if they want the goalkeeper back at City.

Liverpool are also interested in signing Rulli this summer as their new number one goalkeeper.

The report is that Real Sociedad would need to pay around €12M (£10.5M) for Merino, but it’s going to take a lot more than that for Rafa to let one of his top young players leave the club.

It seems that Merino doesn’t want to sit on the bench at Newcastle, but if that’s the case, then Rafa could always sanction a loan deal for the 21-year-old who is in New York on vacation right now with his family.

Newcastle signing Rulli and Merino (possibly) moving to Real Sociedad will need to be two separate transactions.

Rafa does seem to be after another goalkeeper this summer even though we have just signed 29-year-old Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague.

So maybe Karl Darlow or Rob Elliot will leave the club this summer if the manager does bring in another goalkeeper to back up the Slovakian International.

Comments welcome.

53 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Jun 15, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #1

    If Rulli is on the radar which seems unlikely and more a defence against Sociedad’s pursuit of Merino then that’s both Darlow and Elliot out the door. Two top keepers plus Woodman staying in house should cover it.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 15, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Those we love can never be more than a thought apart,For as long as there is memory.
    And your memory will live on Expat as a top member of this blog.
    Rip big man

  • jazzyp

    Jun 15, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Guardian: Newcastle are keen to complete a deal for Andros Townsend and have have indicated a willingness to pay around £20m for the winger.
    looked a cracking player in the short time he was with us, And to be fair in our 1-0 win at home last season looked one of the most dangerous players on the park

    But would he be welcomed back

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 15, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #4

    veltman, I’ve read your comment on the previous post several times. Are you really advocating that older and infirm people do not post on here in case it makes you upset? Apologies if I’ve mistaken you, but if that’s what you’re saying then you’re out of order

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 15, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #5

    jazzy, if we can’t get Kenedy, I’d have him back in a heartbeat. He should never have gone, Rafa made him shine like he’s never shone before or since.

  • Jib

    Jun 15, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #6

    It looks like a straight choice between
    Kenedy and Townsend as both are
    priced at £20M.
    According to some papers
    Rafa has already tabled a bid for AT of £20M

  • jazzyp

    Jun 15, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7


    I agree that Rafa got the best out of Townsend and was our best player by far, But he got a right hammering at the home game against Palace last season..As did Cabaye. If we are prepared to spend 20 million on Andros townsend then I can only think we are going to spend big this summer mate

    Sadly I don’t see this happening

  • JohnJ

    Jun 15, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #8

    My first choice would be Kenedy but if that wasn’t on the cards I’d deffo take Townsend – Re keepers I don’t see that as a high priority at the moment – yes I know injuries happen but I feel we have one No I and two fairly decent back ups. There’s no doubt a Centre Forward / striker is the very top of my list on incomings and I feel sure that must be top of Rafa’s also.

    Our defence was fairly solid last season & I’m convinced had Mr Ashley sanctioned the signing of a good quality striker we would have been very close to the top six!

  • lochinvar

    Jun 15, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Watching Morocco v Iran on TV and see Scottish flags in the crowd ! Hope the lads have a good excuse for their wives when they don’t turn up for their supper.

  • DaveD1000

    Jun 15, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #10

    can you get a decent hamburger supper in Russia?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 15, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Surely 20M for kenedy or AT is no brainer. Kenedy is only 22 and could give us years of loyalty, while at 28 AT already thought the grass was greener once, whereas Kendy seems to genuinely want to be here. Far more to come from Kenedy long term I would have thought.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 15, 2018 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #12

    With Mahrez leaving Leicester IMO the press link with Townsend is only an attempt to establish a possible price if they start looking for a replacement.

  • Bigjim67

    Jun 15, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    RIP expat
    Condolences to his loved ones.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 15, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #14

    20m20 minutes ago
    I say it every transfer window for a reason. The wronicle are not worth the time of day. Column inches have to be filled daily to appease click quotas and yet its lapped up day after day. Relax the wc is on enjoy the football #nufc


  • chicousa

    Jun 15, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #15

    I agree with Rotonda: would rather have Kenedy than Townsend.

    It would be a bit disappointing to finally break the transfer fee record at NUFC for a player we already bought once, who chose to leave us in summer of 2016 and that Rafa could have reaquired for 15M £ in January 2017 had Fat Ashley listened to him!

  • Nufc-83

    Jun 15, 2018 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #16

    RIP expat terrible news!

    Forget gks let’s get strikers and no10 in ASAP! On Townsend I would take him in a heartbeat although 20m feels a bit steep. Kennedy was ok although he drifted in and out of games. Kennedy does have a lot more potential though so either would be fine.

  • Nufc-83

    Jun 15, 2018 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #17

    If we could get 30m for Gayle and Mitro then surely Rafa could bring in 2-3 big improvements!

  • JohnJ

    Jun 15, 2018 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Nufc-83 @17

    It’s like between a rock and a hard place Do you risk selling before you’ve bought or will Cashly allow us to buy first?

  • jazzyp

    Jun 15, 2018 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #19

    If we did sign Andros then who moves to the left?. Richie did a lot of tracking back last season to protect Yedlin, Can you see Townsend doing that

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 15, 2018 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Rip expat mag. Let’s try to keep him remember here lads. We are all nufc brothers at the end of the day. Expat used to love his white wine and always lauded oz whilst laughing at our crap climate. I wonder if he know he was sick. Rest in peace expat

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 15, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #21

    I don’t want us to see merino sold. I think he is fantastic. A rolls Royce waiting to happen

  • simon376

    Jun 15, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Know it will never happen, but could do with both Kennedy and Townsend, cover for each other and both could play as a no 10 and Townsend even cover as a striker. Those 2 and a forward would be great business

    Love onto Expats family as well, so awful

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 15, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Señor Tuff…that’s very sad news mate! I remember him saying something about healt issue a while back when he popped on…but there in a million years thought it was the big C!

    My condolences and especially to his wife and young daughter! Really sad news for such a young girl!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 15, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #24

    *health issues

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 15, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Don’t think in light of everything that I feel like blogging today…

  • Dagwoodz

    Jun 15, 2018 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Sorry to hear about Expat…was always a very balanced blogger. Prayers to his family

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 15, 2018 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Oooooofffff what a goal by Nacho

    Take a bow son!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 15, 2018 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #28

    To top it off now would be seeing Ramos flatten Ronaldo

  • jane

    Jun 15, 2018 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #29

    great game. predicted a draw! 😐

  • martoon

    Jun 15, 2018 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Just catching up with the blog – shocked to read about Expat – he really was a great contributor to the blog. Condolences to his family and to Tuff as I know he was a mate of yours.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 15, 2018 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Fantastic Jane! Top predicting! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 15, 2018 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Really sad news to hear about Expatmag, he always came across as someone who enjoyed life down under.

    Condolences to his family.


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 15, 2018 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #33

    I have a serious question on which I have pondered for many years.

    Does anyone know where Gene Pitney was when he decided that he could never, never, never go home again?

  • ToonMatt

    Jun 15, 2018 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #34

    I don’t post much but I come on here everyday and have done for a long time, Just want to say rest in peace expat, Sad times and thoughts are with his loved ones, This site won’t be the same with out him.

  • martoon

    Jun 15, 2018 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Essex Geordie Bill @33 – In a small Motel that was 24 hours from Tulsa – obviously 😀

  • jane

    Jun 15, 2018 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #36

    predictions for tomorrow
    France 3 Australia 1
    Argentina 2 Iceland 2
    Peru 0 Denmark 4
    Croatia 2 Nigeria 1

  • chicousa

    Jun 15, 2018 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Was saddened to hear about the passing of expatmag. Living in Australia he often posted at times when most bloggers were fast asleep. Had a few conversations / exchanges with him, always respectful and interesting. In my minds eye I always pictured him with a cool glass of white wine, sitting somewhere in view of the ocean. He had mentioned such a scene a few times when he posted! Cheers mate! Wherever you are I hope the wine is just so!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 16, 2018 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #38


    Correct but where would you be if you were 24 hours from Tulsa?

  • chicousa

    Jun 16, 2018 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #39

    Anywhere on earth! By jet one could be anywhere, right?! 🙂

  • chicousa

    Jun 16, 2018 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #40

    Or you could be in Tulsa one day before or after…


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