Merino edging closer to Newcastle United exit, fans react

Newcastle United fans were buzzing when Mikel Merino joined the club from Borussia Dortmund on loan last summer.

They were even more thrilled when the midfielder signed a permanent deal in October 2017.

The Spaniard committed the next five years of his career to the North-East outfit, but just nine months later it appears that he is on his way out.

Sky Sports News reported on Thursday that Real Sociedad have agreed to meet a £10m release clause in Merino’s contract.

There was plenty of promise surrounding the 22-year-old when he joined the Magpies last year, but he ended up making just 25 appearances for the club in the 2017-18 campaign and scored one goal.

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It soon became clear that Merino was not the right fit for Rafael Benitez’s team, and it looks as though a return to Spain is on the cards.

The figure is not a bad one either considering that Transfermarkt have the midfielder valued at £9m.

Newcastle fans have been taking to Twitter to deliver their opinions on Merino’s imminent departure.