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Sport Merino departs Newcastle in £10m Real Sociedad move

19:50  12 july  2018
19:50  12 july  2018 Source:   goal.com

Newcastle in talks to land relegated midfielder on free transfer

  Newcastle in talks to land relegated midfielder on free transfer Ki Sung-yueng is in talks with Newcastle over a free transfer to the club following Swansea City’s relegation. The Chronicle reports that talks have taken place as Rafa Benitez continues to add to his squad over the summer. The midfielder confirmed earlier this season that he would not be extending his contract with the Swans, bringing an end to his six-year stay at the club. At the age of 29, he would bring a wealth of experience in the Premier League and could fill the void left by Mikel Merino, who is returning to Spain after just one season in the Premier League. Real Sociedad are keen to bring in the player back to his home country and have activated the release clause in his contract. It has been well documented that Benitez is working on small budgets throughout the summer transfer window, so the Newcastle boss will be keen to get this deal over the line.

The 22-year-old midfielder has agreed a five-year deal with the Basque team and is waiting on the clubs to strike a deal in order to return to La Liga. Newcastle United's Mikel Merino is set to return to his native Spain after closing on a €12 million (£10.6m) move to Real Sociedad .

Newcastle United's Mikel Merino is set to return to his native Spain after closing on a €12 million (£10.6m) move to Real Sociedad . Merino , 22, moved to St James' Park from Borussia Dortmund in 2017

MikelMerino - cropped: Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino © Provided by Goal Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino

Mikel Merino has left Newcastle United for Real Sociedad after just one season at St James' Park, the club have confirmed.

The midfielder arrived on loan from Borussia Dortmund ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, before the Magpies exercised a clause to make the move permanent on a five-year deal in October.

However, Merino found Premier League starts hard to come by in the second half of the campaign and just 14 of his 24 top-flight appearances were as part of the starting XI.

The 22-year-old now returns to Spain with Sociedad, a club based just over 50 miles from his home town of Pamplona, with reports suggesting he had a £10million (€12m/$13.2m) release clause in his contract.

"I'm very happy and feel joy. I love this club, it is very close to Osasuna. I have been a fan since I was little," Merino, who has signed a deal until 2023, told Sociedad's official website.

"I am delighted to be here and I can't wait to work with the ball."

'It is clear what we need to do' - Frustrated Benitez calls for Newcastle signings .
The Magpies boss admits it is obvious that his side need to add players before the transfer window closes on August 9Rafael Benitez believes the current Newcastle squad is not good enough for the Premier League season ahead after a frustrating 2-2 draw with Hull City.

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