Mikel Merino has signed for Newcastle.

An official announcement made by Newcastle United on Friday lunchtime, confirming he joins Atsu, Lejeune, Murphy and Manquillo at St James Park

The statement speaks only of a ‘season-long deal’ but widespread reporting has claimed that it was going to include a trigger to a permanent move.

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.”

  • Wor Lass

    ” … quality on the ball and he’s very, very focused and professional.” Sounds like a typical Rafa signing. With a good centre forward and a creative midfielder we should be getting there for next season.

    • Leazes Ender

      Just another four players and we’ll have a half decent first team to put out.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Wool I never, transfermarkt has him still at Dortmund

    • Leazes Ender

      The german version he’s at Newcastle….. it takes a while they do the site in half a dozen languages.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        You make a lot of excuses for this website, a lot of excuses considering it’s just a website you look at from time to time for approximate value of players. You don’t have a financial interest in this site that you continually refer to as if it’s the bible (although that’s full of fairy stories too)

        • Leazes Ender

          Well its the antidote to the exuberance and foolishness of Ryder who is proclaiming him to be the best thing since the last best thing.

          Journalists use this site and soccerbase to flesh out articles, but Ryder is selective.

          I don’t know what he’s going to be like and neither does Ryder…. or Rafa for that matter. He’ll get a game in the first team, and maybe hold his place because Colback is being pushed out.

          You dont like a statistics because they’ll hammer any arguments you try to spin and that is why you attack them, but at the end of the day you can’t argue with history.

          Here are quotes from the chronicle today………. a united voice in total ignorance of the player.

          ‘Newcastle United fans have expressed their delight …

          Really happy with the Merino signing.

          Seems like exactly the kind of player we’ve needed for a while!”

          “So happy about Merino, very good bit of business.”

          “Mikel Merino to NUFC. That’s a Rafa special!”.

          These quotes are trotted out every time someone is signed.

          I say we don’t know yet, I don’t know and neither do you…., nobody had heard of him, so the only options to finding facts are to look for records. I think its the basis of enquiry.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I love this acusation:

            “You dont like a statistics because they’ll hammer any arguments you try to spin and that is why you attack them, but at the end of the day you can’t argue with history.”

            This is from the guy who refuses to back up any claims and when presented with reality, facts & figures starts claiming some dark arts at play.

            Transfermarkt is a bit of fun, similar to football whispers and even wiki. It has its uses and models transfer value based on previous transfers, transfer inflation and experience. It doesn’t take in subjective judgement and that is why we employ an human to make decisions and not simply rely on models, otherwise, championship manager would be reality

    • TheFatController

      Don’t criticize the Book of Mormon

      • Leazes Ender


        • TheFatController

          Spell check error, I’ll throw in my B in A level English Lit as proof I can spell, a manifestation of my having read plenty. I know you like facts, so I’m mitigating that spelling error through the American spell check function on my phone.

          Now you’ll tell me you got A in English Lit A Level, followed by s degree and MA? All listed on Transfermarkt no doubt

          You are the Wizard of Oz –
          Small man behind the bluster of booming voice and explosions …

  • Grantasss

    BVB website states that this will be a permanent move depending on appearances, BOOM finally a player with some obvious pedigree.

    • Marveauxless

      By obvious pedigree you mean a handful of appearances in the Spanish Second Division and some Dortmund reserve games?
      Murphy and Atsu have have far more Pedigree than Merino

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Championship for 1 endless loan jobs for the other, wait until you see him play

      • Grantasss

        Yip I mean by playing 60+ games for Osasuna in a good Spanish league and being a regular starter for Spain at under 21 level. He couldn’t get regular football in a Dortmund side that finished 3rd

        • Marveauxless

          The Segunda is a terrible league compared to the Championship. He’s no more proven or established than Ayoze Perez was when he signed.

          • Grantasss

            OK boss, if you say so. I am happy with his credentials and in Rafa I trust.

          • Leazes Ender

            You’re a fool to yourself.

          • Grantasss

            Yip and that’s my prerogative, but thanks for your feedback

          • Leazes Ender


  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Spanish youth system is the best in the world, i won`t be writing this lad off until iv`e seen him play

    • Grantasss


    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      That may be a long time, you’ve not been to a match since the boom days

  • Ross Harrison

    Great signing in my opinion, Rafa will nurture him the right way. Look how Isaac Hayden turned out!

    • Leazes Ender

      Why is that do you watch German reserve games?

  • Stephen McCabe

    He’s predominately left footed but uses his right foot too.Energetic,can dribble,uses a single touch to split a defence with a good weighted pass and not frightened to put his body in where it hurts.Able to score with his head,not unlike Shearer.I think he’ll be loved by the Toon Army.Welcome Mikel.