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Newcastle United Flop Set to Make BIG £50m Move to Premier League Giants

Newcastle United Flop Set to Make BIG £50m Move to Premier League Giants

In Spain’s quarter-final victory over Germany at the EURO, Real Sociedad midfielder Mikel Merino became the latest name to join the list of international heroes with his goal in the last minute of extra time to send his country into the semi-finals. Spain have since defeated France in that round of the competition and a final against either England or the Netherlands awaits.

However, many of you would be forgiven for forgetting that Merino was in fact a Premier League star for Newcastle United just a few years ago. The Spanish midfielder made just 25 appearances for the Magpies before securing a £12million move to Real Sociedad, where his career really took off.

Since that move in 2019, Merino has racked up 242 senior appearances for the Spanish side and has become a regular fixture in the Spanish national team, earning 27 caps so far. The 28-year-old’s impressive performances in recent years and at EURO 2024 have put him back on the radar of a number of top clubs across Europe and even some Premier League giants, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United all reportedly interested in the midfielder.

The north London outfit are apparently the most interested in the former Newcastle United man, with a report from Football Transfers claiming that Mikel Arteta has asked the club to sign Merino this summer.

It’s no surprise that there are a number of big clubs interested in Merino, who is an extremely versatile left-footed midfielder who is capable of playing as a deep-lying midfielder or even as a forward option, which we’ve seen in recent days for Spain. With Thomas Partey set to leave Arsenal this summer, Arteta may see Merino as the ideal partner for Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard in midfield.

According to transfermarkt, Merino is currently valued at around £50m, but there is an expectation that he could be available for slightly cheaper this summer. His current contract with the Spanish club is set to expire in June 2025, meaning he has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal with the club. Therefore, an offer of between £35-40m could be enough to persuade the Spanish side to part ways with the 28-year-old this summer.

Typically, you would expect top Premier League clubs to be targeting players with a slightly younger age profile than Merino, but if they believe he fits well into their tactical system then there could be a deal to be done.

The same Football Transfers report claims that Mikel Arteta is a big admirer of Nico Williams, who has a release clause of around £58million valid this summer. However, Williams’ wage demands could be a major stumbling block in any potential move for the young striker this summer.

Merino’s midfield partner Dani Olmo has also been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea and Liverpool ‘interested’. Reports suggest Chelsea are more willing to trigger the £50million release clause in the Spaniard’s current contract at RB Leipzig, while Liverpool are still weighing up their options ahead of the Premier League season.