On Tuesday morning, Marca claimed that Newcastle United were prepared to listen to offers for Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino.
However, Magpies boss Rafael Benitez denied the rumours during his press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Benitez insisted that the 21-year-old would not be leaving on deadline day despite what had been widely reported by the Spanish media.
The Newcastle fans are unconvinced, however, with many believing that the midfielder could still be sold before the winter transfer window slams shut on Wednesday night.
Merino only made his loan move from Borussia Dortmund permanent in October – signing a five-year contract with the Premier League club.
Merino, who is valued at £9m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has made 18 Premier League appearances this season, but just 12 of those have been starts.
There is no question that the Spaniard is a popular figure with the Newcastle fans, and many are extremely fearful that he will be sold on transfer deadline day.
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) January 30, 2018
Is it? Is it that unlikely? Have you learned nothing from the Ashley era? Remember that Andy Carroll kid? Cashed in on him last minute didn't he
— Michael Jarvie (@Jarvie_NUFC) January 30, 2018
Erm @MoneyMikeAshley might have other ideas 🙈
— Andrew Mason (@andymason86) January 30, 2018
Yeah, but what if they offer something massive, like…. £4.5m?
We'd snap their hands off I imagine.
— 3 Keepy Ups (@3KeepyUps) January 30, 2018
Best get him on the pitch on weds or Ashley will helicopter him away. Get him locked in a cupboard until then.
— jonny pigg (@jonnydapigg) January 30, 2018
Be typical of Ashley. Wouldn't surprise me one bit.
— Dale Phair (@Dalephair) January 30, 2018
If there's pound notes involved he'll be in his way. #MoreAssettStripping
— Don Telford (@Nortoonlad) January 30, 2018
“Highly unlikely” have you seen the way Ashley runs the club?
— Stephen (@BLOOD202) January 30, 2018
Every player has a price
— Moggy (@moggy45) January 30, 2018
— Richard Gray (@Richgray66) January 30, 2018
Don’t hold your breath
— thereal andrew young (@temperamentalan) January 30, 2018
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