Mikel Merino is getting closer to the door at Newcastle and his move to Real Sociedad for his release clause of £10M is almost completed.
His new manager at Sociedad Asier Garitano was appointed in May and has prioritized Merino as his top transfer target this summer.
Garitano has followed the talented youngster for several years and thinks the 21-year-old has the capability to become a great player in the future.
Mikel Merino with Rafa Benitez – goodbye son
This is what Asier Garitano has said when asked if the deal is done:
“Until it becomes official, no, and I think it still has not been finalised.”
“He’s someone I’ve know for many years, when we played against Osasuna with Leganes in the Segunda Division.”
“It could be a good signing for us. He has been at important clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle.”
And, at the age of 21, he has a great future ahead of him. We hope it can be completed.”
It’s worrying that we can lose a top youngster so easily.
But Mikel wanted a guarantee of first-team football at Newcastle and Rafa couldn’t (wouldn’t) promise him that.
Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame looked so good for us this year and one new central midfielder will be coming in this summer.
Mikel is ambitious and wasn’t willing to (potentially) spend a lot of time on the bench at Newcastle next season and that’s why he left.
He also left Borussia Dortmund for Newcastle last summer because of a lack of playing time in Germany.
We only want players who want to be at Newcastle, so that’s the way it goes sometimes.
But it’s still disappointing.