Sky Sports confirms imminent transfer at NUFC – Player has already said goodbye to teammates

Sky Sports have confirmed that Mikel Merino’s £10m release clause has now been activated by Real Sociedad, with the midfielder now on his way to Spain to complete a return to La Liga.

It has also been confirmed by the Chronicle that Merino has already said goodbye to his teammates – less than a year on from completing his permanent move to St James’ Park.

It’s a shame really, but it’s a move that’s felt almost inevitable for several weeks now.

I’m disappointed in Merino as much as anything else. He has been replaced already – although Ki may seem an underwhelming replacement in comparison to a Spanish U-21 international who had a bright future ahead of him – however I question why he and his team demanded a release clause of just £10m when he signed last year.

To me, it shows that he never really saw Newcastle as a long-term destination and we can’t afford to keep players whose heart isn’t in it.

Since Ki arrived on a free, let’s hope we now spend this £10m well.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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