Real Sociedad are aware of interest from Aston Villa in midfielder Mikel Merino as Unai Emery looks to sign him, according to a fresh transfer update.
The Lowdown: Merino impressing in Spain
The 26-year-old has been a key member of Sociedad’s midfield for some time now, making 173 appearances in total and chipping in with 22 assists and 18 goals.
Merino’s current deal expires at the end of the 2024/25 season, so time is slowly ticking away in terms of them being able to receive a big fee for his services. Now, it looks as though Villa could be one of the front-runners to snap up Merino.
The Latest: Emery wants player at Villa
The Villans’ financial power is described as ‘indisputable’, suggesting they will easily have the funds to sign him.
The Verdict: Great midfield option
Merino could be a great signing for Villa, with midfield possibly an area of the pitch that Emery could do with freshening up, especially if Douglas Luiz leaves.
He has been described as the ‘best player’ in La Liga by Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil in the past, highlighting his quality, and he can provide both defensive nous and end product in the final third.
Merino’s average of 2.4 tackles and 2.3 clearances per game in the league this season are proof of the former, while six assists show how adept he is in the latter.