Sport Merino departs Newcastle for Sociedad

18:35  12 july  2018
18:35  12 july  2018 Source:   goal.com

Merino departs Newcastle in £10m Real Sociedad move

  Merino departs Newcastle in £10m Real Sociedad move The 22-year-old midfielder is heading back to his native Spain after confirming a move with the La Liga club on ThursdayMikel Merino has left Newcastle United for Real Sociedad after just one season at St James' Park, the club have confirmed.

Mikel Merino is close to leaving Newcastle for Real Sociedad - Sky sources. Merino initially joined Newcastle on loan from Borussia Dortmund last summer before the Magpies made the deal permanent in October - handing the Spaniard a five-year contract.

Real Sociedad look set to sign Mikel Merino from Newcastle United after allegedly agreeing to pay his release clause. However, Sociedad are the first team to agree to pay the £10m-plus release clause written into the 21-year-old's contract at St James' Park.

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 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."

Newcastle 'close' to securing latest summer signing in €15m deal .
Newcastle are closing in on a deal to sign Stefano Sturaro from Juventus in a €15 million deal. Calcio Mercato report that the player’s move to the Premier League is not far from completion, with Sturaro looking for regular first-team football next season. The report claims that the player has agreed to join the Magpies this summer. Sturaro has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after failing to hold down a spot in the Juventus side last season. The combative midfielder was limited to just 12 appearances in Serie A, something he is looking to improve. Sturaro could be seen as a direct replacement for Mikel Merino, who is returning to Spain after just one season with Newcastle. Rafa Benitez is in the market to improve his squad over the summer. The Spaniard knows he needs to add quality to his side if he wants to build on their first season back in the top flight.

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