22-year-old Newcastle midfielder edges closer to St James' Park exit - report
Magpies midfielder Mikel Merino is closing in on a move back to Spain after choosing Real Sociedad as his next destination, according to a report.
Marca, the Spanish Media outlet, believes that a deal for the Newcastle attacker will be finalised in the next couple of weeks following negotiations between the two parties.
No fee has yet been agreed for the 22-year-old player who only signed for the North East club last year from Borussia Dortmund on a five-year deal, which is due to run until 2022.
La Liga side Sevilla were also said in The Northern Echo to be in the running for the player’s signature.
Football Insider verdict:
This is a massive loss for Newcastle and if a deal does materialise that will see the exit of the Under-21 Spanish international, we cannot see supporters being particularly happy. Merino began his career on Tyneside in sensational form as his talent quickly became apparent. But a back injury incurred back in October saw him lose his place in the side to Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame who flourished in the player’s absence. From that point onwards, the 21-year-old struggled to regain his place on a regular basis as he found himself in and out of the first-team. And with Rafa Benitez looking to strengthen his side summer, it is looking increasingly likely that he will have to sell before he splashes the cash. The Spanish boss needs to boost his transfer kitty and it looks as though Aleksandar Mitrovich will be moving on, according to The Express, as well as Matt Ritchie who is reported in The Sun to be wanted by his old side Bournemouth.
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