Real Sociedad about to sign Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino

Real Sociedad about to sign Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino

Real Sociedad are close to signing Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino.

Last summer, Newcastle signed the Spaniard on loan from Borussia Dortmund before the switch was promptly turned into a permanent transfer with Merino penning a long-term contract.

However, it started to emerge that Merino was eager for a return to his mother country and according to Sky Sports News, Real Sociedad are geared up to meet the player's release clause of £10m.

The report says that a deal could be accomplished by the weekend and Merino will leave St James' Park having made just 25 appearances for the Magpies.

A substitute has already been brought in by Rafael Benitez with Ki Sung-yueng coming in on a free transfer from Swansea City.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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