The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern really aren’t happy with a story in The Chronicle that claims Mikel Merino could be leaving the club for a fee as little as £12 million because of a release clause in his contract.
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) June 25, 2018
Mikel Merino signed for Newcastle last summer, initially on-loan, before meeting a clause in his loan contract that saw him make his stay on Tyneside permanent. However, when agreeing to terms on a permanent deal it seems that his representatives were keen to put a similar clause into his Newcastle contract as they had in his contract at Borussia Dortmund, and because of that, he could be on the move again with Real Sociedad interested.
Merino scored one goal and registered one assist in his debut season with the Geordies and despite suffering a back injury in October, he still managed to make 24 appearances under Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard has a big career ahead of him, with his ability to read the game, cut out opposition attacks and start moves on his own with his range of passing, it’s a shame that he was unable to play his way back into the side with the form of Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame keeping him on the bench.
You can read our local Geordies’ thoughts on Merino here:
12 million! We are a bunch of fools. Oh well less money for ashley
— adam thompson (@histonadam85) June 25, 2018
It’s got to the point I expect nothing else from Ashley and Co but poor football sense and failure.
— TMW (@TilehurstsOwn) June 25, 2018
That’s an embarrassingly low release clause, shame on Ashley and co
— Lewis (@lewyakers) June 25, 2018
Can't believe there would be such a low release cause. If there is it is yet more evidence of the appalling mismanagement (by Charley and Ashley not Rafa) ok for the club.
— Dr Craig Armstrong (@armstrong_c_dr) June 25, 2018
Club can play hardball with payment structure?!
— Chris Cossey (@Cosseycj) June 25, 2018
All about quick profit. As Ashley robs the club blind.
— Lee Atkinson (@LeeTheMag) June 25, 2018
Didn’t know he had a clause
— Toon Toon (@letswaitandsee9) June 25, 2018
As you can see, the fans are fuming at the fact that they could be set to lose out on Merino for such a low fee.