21-year-old open to £6m Newcastle move after terms agreed
By Harry Sykes
Mikel Merino has revealed that he could move permanently to Newcastle at the end of his season-long loan spell from Borussia Dortmund.
Merino, 21, joined the north-east giants on an initial loan deal that includes an option for it to be converted into a permanent £6million transfer next summer.
It has been widely reported, including by the Chronicle, that the midfield anchorman must make 20 competitive appearances in order for Newcastle to sign him up permanently.
Merino has already made three by featuring in all of the Toon’s Premier League outings against Tottenham, Huddersfield and West Ham.
The seven-time Spain Under-21 international is open to a move to Tyneside on a permanent basis when his loan ends at the end of the season.
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“Well, it’s a loan with a buyout option for Newcastle. We’ll see how the season progresses and how it all goes,” Merino said, as quoted by the Chronicle.
“At the moment, what I am thinking is to improve and grow individually as a footballer, because I still have a lot of room to grow. That’s what I’m up to now.”
Merino was a key player in Newcastle’s latest fixture, in which they secured a notable 3-0 win against West Ham.
The former Osasuna ace was the architect of Newcastle’s first goal, splitting the defence to find Christian Atsu who squared to fellow new signing Joselu to tap home.
His fine form continued as Merino scored and assisted in Spain Under-21s’ 3-0 win over Italy on Friday night.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, a European giant looked to make a move for this Magpies attacker before sealing a deadline day signing.