Mikel Merino made all the headlines on Friday.
Both Newcastle United and Borussia Dortmund confirming that the 21 year old was now a permanently contracted player, with a deal agreed up to summer 2022.
Dortmund stating that the midfielder had now reached the trigger point for the number of appearances needed to make the deal complete.
It hasn’t just been in England and Germany though, that this signing has made news.
Since joining Newcastle United this summer, Mikel Merino has also been outstanding for the Spanish Under 21 team, scoring and creating goals.
Many Spanish football fans are now predicting a very bright future for Rafa Benitez’ signing.
Spanish sports newspaper Marca ran a story on Friday about the Newcastle deal, these are some of the very interesting comments that fans have made on the back of that report:
‘To let this player leave, on the part of the best Spanish teams, is terrible.
At Osasuna (in 2015/16) was a real player, at only 19 years leading the whole team in the promotion to La Liga.
I said back then that if we waited two years, we would have made 20 million dollars.’
‘BVB have made a mistake selling, perfect to replace Sahin in future.’
‘This lad is going to be a great player! The future Busquets.’
‘Those who have seen it in OSASUNA, we know how good he is, you can not imagine it, he has everything.’
‘I read that the loan was for three million euros and now the option completes it with another seven million, is it really so? If so, he was given away, more so bearing in mind that English teams usually pay more than is due.
‘An error for Dormund and success for Newcastle, Merino is already.
Merino is already their best player, has just arrived and is already too big for Newcastle.’
‘To let this player escape from the best Spanish teams is a massive mistake.
I recently saw him compared to Xabi Alonso. Whoever sees a few games will see that he is a lot more like Busquets.’
‘Goodbye to your career. They will not let you out of there.’
‘Where is the Athletic (Bilbao ) of (President of the club) Urrutia?
We are going to let another player escape (Bilbao want only Basque players and Merino was born in the region).
This player, already could have been in Athletic.’
‘Merino is so good, so good, so good.’
‘Incredible that Athletic (Bilbao) have missed him..
Especially in today’s market.
Merino is already better player than Sahin.’
‘I thought that Dortmund only allowed a deal without option to purchase.
I see that it was not so and it hurts that (Athletic Bilbao President) Urrutia and company will not reach an agreement for such an interesting player.’