Borussia Dortmund confirm ‘Binding purchase option’ for Newcastle on Mikel Merino
Friday lunchtime brought confirmation that Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino had agreed to move to Tyneside.
Newcastle United confirming that it was ‘a season-long loan deal’ but no mention of any trigger for a permanent move.
However, Borussia Dortmund have now released their own official statement and they say there is a ‘binding purchase option’ that will be triggered if Merino ‘features in a certain number of competitive matches’.
Some media reports claimed that the deal was going to include such a trigger clause and that it was going to be similar to the one that saw Florian Thauvin eventually join Marseille this summer, he had a three game trigger clause making it effectively certain to trigger a permanent move.
Borussia Dortmund Official Statement:
‘Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino, 21, is set to complete a loan switch to newly-promoted Premier League outfit Newcastle United.
A binding purchase option was agreed with the English club for the event that the player features in a certain number of competitive matches.
The Spain U21 international joined Borussia Dortmund from CA Osasuna one year ago and made nine Bundesliga and DFB Cup appearances in his debut season in Germany.
“Mikel was not getting the playing time that he had hoped for given the range of high-quality options we have in the midfield positions. We have therefore agreed to his wish and wish him all the very best for the coming season in England,” said BVB Sporting Director Michael Zorc.’
Newcastle United Official Announcement:
‘Newcastle United can confirm the signing of Spanish under-21 international Mikel Merino on a season-long loan deal from Borussia Dortmund.
After the arrivals of Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo last week, midfielder Merino becomes the fifth player to join the Magpies this summer.
Born in Pamplona, he made more than 60 appearances for hometown club Osasuna before moving to Dortmund at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.
He featured nine times for die Schwarzgelben last term, and also figured for Spain at June’s European Under-21 Championship in Poland, where Albert Celades’ side were runners-up.
Merino – who turned 21 during the tournament – said:
“It feels good and I’m very happy to be here, to be part of this club. I’m looking forward to touching the ball, meeting my new team-mates and starting to play football.
“I know it’s a great club and a really nice city. I had different options but I think this is the right place for me to play.”
Manager Rafa Benítez:
“Mikel is a midfielder with talent, an under-21 international for Spain. He’s a good size, has quality on the ball and he’s very, very focused and professional.
“Hopefully he’s the kind of player we can improve a lot – he certainly has the mentality to get better and better.
“He comes from a top side in Dortmund and although he did not play too much last season, he was signed as a young, talented player and to be signed by a club like that shows that he has something good. He has to show what he has, and hopefully he can enjoy playing here for a long time.”
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