Newcastle announced the signing of Spanish U-21 midfielder Mikel Merino today, and the full details of the transfer have been revealed, with German sources suggesting Newcastle will pay a £2.5m loan fee followed by £6m to make the deal permanent next summer.
The deal is considered to be a ‘play now, pay later’ deal, with Newcastle having an obligation to buy the Spaniard should he play a set number of games next season.
Confirmation from @BVB that the deal becomes permanent if Merino plays set number of games.
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) July 28, 2017
The signing of Merino appears to be quite a coup and a shrewd bit of business for a promising Spain U-21 international and Borussia Dortmund prospect.
Spanish expert David Cartlidge has described the midfielder as a player who ‘has the potential to go to the next level’, also gaining high praise from Sky Sports’ La Liga pundit Guillem Balague, who believes he is a ‘very complete midfielder’.
Mikel Merino – 16/17 pic.twitter.com/xKysdzOoJ5
— John (@jbxnufc) July 26, 2017