The Chronicle are reporting today that Sevilla are now interested in signing 21-year-old Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino who wants first team football next season.
Sevilla are now the fourth club interested in signing the player we bought from Borussia Dortmund for £7M last summer,
Real Sociedad seem to be in the lead for Merino and have reportedly offered £10M for him with Real Betis and Athletic Bilbao also interested.
Rafa Benitez doesn’t want to lose the talented player, but the manager also does not want to keep any player on Tyneside who would rather be somewhere else.
Mikel Merino – wants first team football next season
It would be a blow if Newcastle were to lose the young Spaniard since he showed in the first part of last season that he is a terrific young player.
But Merino doesn’t want to sit on the bench at Newcastle either, as he did at Borussia Dortmund before he arrived on Tyneside.
With Shelvey and Diame holding down the two central midfield positions Merino started only one game since January, and sometimes didn’t even make the matchday squad of 18.
If Benitez does finally let Merino leave he will not allow the deal to go through until Newcastle have brought in a replacement for Merino.
And Rafa will want more than 10M for the Spanish U21 International, and that prove difficult for the Spanish clubs after him.
Sevilla manager Pablo Machin wants to bring in a midfielder and a center-back this summer, and he is targeting Newcastle’s Florian Lejeune.
There’s just no way Rafa will allow Lejeune to leave the club this summer with Lejeune looking excellent in the second half of the season at the back for Newcastle.
We hope that Merino will finally agree to stay to fight for his place at Newcastle next season.
As we said, it would be a blow if we lose the 21-year-old playmaker.
But there again Rafa will only keep players at Newcastle who want to be here.
What do you think?