AS are reporting today that Real Sociedad are “moderately optimistic” about signing Merino this summer.
They are to offer Merino a five-year deal that will make him one of the highest paid player on the books and give him a critical playing role in the side.
There are two other Spanish clubs interested in the player – Real Betis and Athletic Bilbao.
But here’s where things get a little unrealistic – Real Sociedad will offer Newcastle up to a fee of €10M.
Mikel Merino – in action at Liverpool last season
Newcastle paid Borussia Dortmund £7M for him late last summer, and we will want at least twice that amount if he is to be sold this summer.
£7M is about €8.8M so Newcastle would get very little profit if he is sold for €10M.
Here’s a piece from the report in AS:
“Mikel Merino will play in Real Sociedad next season.”
“That is, at least, what they expect at the San Sebastian club, in which there is a moderate optimism with which the Navarre midfielder becomes the first signing of the new stage of Roberto Olabe as Football Director.”
“The player is now on vacation in the United States, is aware of the interest of the Real, but also Betis and Athletic, and intends to decide his future at the end of his vacation.”
“Because he does not want to be all summer pending of what his destiny will be.”
More important news in the article is that Real Sociedad (based in San Sebastien) have not yet negotiated with Newcastle at all, and once they do that potential €10M bid will be blown out of the water – so to speak.
Translation – it will be immediately rejected.
We would be surprised if Rafa lets Mikel Merino leaves Newcastle this summer and certainly not for €10M.