Newcastle will be hoping to sign Mikel Merino from Borussia Dortmund today on a loan deal for next season and it seems like Rafa Benitez will have the option to buy him for £6M next year as part of the contract.
This was like a bolt from the blue yesterday as it was first reported in the Sun and it seems Newcastle were way along in the negotiations and Mikel was even sighted outside the Freeman Hospital in High Heaton yesterday.
Mikel is a talented 21-year-old holding midfielder who only played 8 games for the German club last season and will now get more first team games in the coming season for Newcastle.
21-year-old Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino
He will fight it out with 22-year-old former Arsenal trainee Isaac Hayden for the defensive midfield position and Isaac had a great first season for us last term – when we were promoted from the Championship as Champions.
He will become our fifth summer signing and there are positive signs things are picking up for us in the transfer market.
And they have to – with our first league game being two weeks on Sunday at home to Tottenham Hotspur – who were the Premier League runners Up last season.
Mikel will need to pass his medical today and terms would have been agreed before he agreed to travel to Newcastle and we expect him to be announced as a Newcastle player today.
A big task for Rafa and Lee Charnley now is to get some of our players sold – players like Tim Krul, Achaf Lazaar, Henri Saivet and Manyu Riviere who have been told by the manager they have no future at the club.
And with Newcastle having a good 4-0 win at Bradford City last night with an explosive performance in the second half and two good goals from new boy Jacob Murphy, Newcastle fans’ spirits will be high this morning.
Howay The Lads!!
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