The Mikel Merino transfer saga is almost at an end.

Newcastle United set to see the midfielder sign for Real Sociedad.

A relatively low £10m release clause was included in the player’s contract when signing permanently from Borussia Dortmund.

On Thursday afternoon Sky Sports have revealed that Real Sociedad have finally activated that release clause.

They add that a medical is imminent and should take place ‘by the weekend’, with the 22 year old now set to miss his return to pre-season at Newcastle on Friday.

Real Sociedad boss Asier Garitano said (see below) a week ago that he expected the transfer to happen shortly and Mikel Merino will soon be part of his squad.

Keith Downie from Sky Sports:

“Mikel Merino is on the verge of return to Spain with Real Sociedad.

“We understand the La Liga side have activated the midfielder’s £10m release clause and he’ll have a medical by the weekend.”

Can’t blame the player if it simply a case of wanting first team football, a shame though for Newcastle fans who won’t now see whether he could fulfil the potential he showed in the first few months of his time at St James Park.

A lot of other players would have been preferable to see going out of the door but hopefully at least this Merino departure will help in some way towards Rafa landing his summer targets.

The Mag – 28 June 2018:

Asir Garitano has been asked when he expects to have Mikel Merino as part of his squad.

Appointed in May, the new Real Sociedad boss was quizzed on Spanish radio about the Newcastle United midfielder.

Garitano says that he doesn’t think the deal has been signed off just yet – but expects confirmation soon.

The new Real Sociedad manager did an astonishing job at minnows Leganes, taking them from the Spanish third tier to La Liga in his five years at the club.

He says he knows Mikel Merino well, his club having competed against the Newcastle player when he was at Osasuna.

They competed against each other in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, both clubs promoted at the end of that latter season.

Whilst Leganes are still in La Liga, Osasuna went straight back down with Merino having  joined Borussia Dortmund after that promotion was secured in May 2016.

It is expected that with the deal imminent, the Spanish Under 21 star won’t be returning on Monday for pre-season at Newcastle’s training ground.

A case of what might have been?

Real Sociedad said to be ready to pay the £10.5m release clause in the player’s contract.

Asier Garitano speaking to Radio Euskadi:

“I think that  it still has not been finalised (yet).

Mikel Merino is someone that I have known for many years, when we played against Osasuna, with Leganes in the Segunda (second tier).

“It could be a good signing for us.

“He’s been at important clubs, Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United, and at the age of 21 (Merino recently turned 22), he has a great future ahead of him.

“We hope that it can be completed (shortly).”



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    His replacements already in place for nowt, wonder if we`ll bovver replacing Mbemba, that won`t be high on the agenda, will it.
    £17m in Zilch out, just the way the Fat Guy likes it.
    Rafa will return to training to see his squad depleted rather than enhanced.
    Such is life under the Pig.

    • Tino11

      Yep not only did his replacement cost nowt but he is also a guaranteed shirt seller to Asian fans, I hear China, Japan and North Korea players are next!

      • Alex

        There’s no SD presence in South Korea, but still wonder what kind of cut Ashley gets from shirts sold through other sports shops.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          IOffer Uk, Nufc top £13.
          3 weeks delivery time

  • Peaky

    Just wondering but….has The Hoss got a release clause ???

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Nufc will have to give him away

    • Tino11

      The cost of a Metro ticket to the Airport!

      • Peaky

        He’d probably miss both the train AND the plane……

        • Tino11

          😄😄

    • Leicester Mag

      Think we have a tight rein on him

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Ryder reporting Newcastle have bid £20m for Plea
    😂😂😂😂
    Hands up who believes it

    • Tino11

      😄 So we bid 7 million less than the apparent 27 million bid we put in the other day!

      • KRS1

        Penfold must of got nervous that they were seriously considering his bid so quickly dropped it by £7 million.

        • Leicester Mag

          He’s like the nerd who asks the prettiest girl at work on a date bricking it they say yes.

          • KRS1

            That would be Clarko!

    • KRS1

      Not me!!!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        good lad, i know who will though

        • Leicester Mag

          Flatearth Monk?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            you got it 1st time

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Me and lots of others watch this space.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Ryder like Duh, Monkseaton etc…believe absolutely anything the regime cook up.

    • nevfur

      As they are asking for £25M plus I can believe it

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Nufc site has crashed due to unprecedented demand for season tickets
    from the Monkseaton area.
    😂😂

    • Leicester Mag

      Which area of Monkseaton placed it ? The backside?

      • Big Hairy Man

        Pennywell I think.

        • Geordiegiants

          Mass influx from the ford estate.

          • Big Hairy Man

            The pomagne corks will be popping in Pennywell tonight.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Support the team like Rafa wants you to and stand together.

  • KRS1

    So with Dubravka bought and Merino sold the Fat Man is £6 million up – just the kind of transfer window he likes.

  • Leicester Mag

    On a serious note who the hell set this agreement up? Incompetence knows no limits in Chump world

    • TheNutJob

      i think it was Merino`s agent or he wouldn`t come to the Toon

    • Geordiegiants

      He isn’t even that good to be worth anymore, he had 3 good games, the rest were pretty poor.

  • TheNutJob

    breaking news, the Fat Gringo to give away frre T shirts if Engeeerrrland
    win the World Cup
    England Winners
    2018
    😂😂

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Rather none of his tat thank you very much.

      Imagine the spam you will receive to get it.

      • Leicester Mag

        Talking of Spam anyone seen Hoss ?🐴🥫

        • TheNutJob

          or Monkseaton
          😂😂

    • Peaky

      Howay The Swedes……🇸🇪🇸🇪……
      Only joking
      🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

      • TheNutJob

        wor kids backing the Swedes the snide, wor lass will be over the moon

        • Peaky

          Penalties again written all over it…

          • TheNutJob

            be another boring game, like reading the Munks posts for 120mins

        • Geordiegiants

          At least he didn’t buy socks at cheapshitfromchinadotcom😂🤣

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂😂

    • Dillon Tovak

      He’s known for his generosity when it comes to incentivising something he knows won’t happen. 😂

      “I’ll give Dummett a billion if he wins the Balon D’or!”

    • Warwick Hunt

      What the frack is going on with those giant mugs he sells? There are people who’ve been stranded in the Sahara for a year who couldn’t drink that much liquid . Anyway talking of giant mugs I haven’t heard from Monkseaton lately

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Stepping aside from the incompetence of this deal… not sure its great character from Merino who does not seem to like fighting for his place wherever he is at. Questionable attitude? He could have knuckled down and gone on to big things in the Prem and got a much bigger move. He hasnt even gone to Bilbao who could only sign Basque players…

    • Geordiegiants

      When he came he had a few decent games, then he looked like he didn’t want to know. It’s a no brainier really, £10m is about his worth as nobody outside the prem could afford to pay anymore.

      • TheNutJob

        Geordie if we keep selling the players you don`t rate there`ll be nee body left
        😂😂

        • Geordiegiants

          Ha ha ha lol. Howare man a few good games and everyone has got him down as a world beater. I’m not saying he wasshit or nowt, I’m just saying he is no big miss and hopefully Rafa can buy someone better.

  • Leicester Mag

    BREAKING NEWS Northumbria Police raid suite at Queyside after reports of up 20 players being held there. Unconfirmed reports suggest these include Grenier / Bas Dost / Andy Carroll (although he might just has been down there p1$$ed.

    • TheNutJob

      is Danny Ings there
      😂😂

      • Mxpx

        Yes mate reports are suggesting that Dennis wise and Harry redknapp are behind the abductions

        • TheNutJob

          JFK will be the there as well

  • TheNutJob

    I wish Merino all the best, i think he left Spain to early in his career & i think he`ll turn out to be a very fine player.
    hasta la vista Mikel.

  • TheNutJob

    CR7 off to Juve, 100m euro`s with a salary of £30m euro`s net
    Penfold will be sick

    • Wezza

      He will when he wonders why his 14M offer and 40k a week wasn’t even considered.

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂
        couldn`t get him over the line

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    That is what I love about the Mag. If we sell a player it’s to cheap and if we do not sell a player we were never going to get much more than £10m for him so job done. Job done as Rafa not Ashley did not rate him and not only left him on the bench the second half of the season but dropped out of the squad. Merino was distraught by his treatment and had to move on for his own sanity.

    • TheNutJob

      talking about sanity, how`s yours going. a £10m player departs & you`re happy to see a freebie come in. to top it all you believe Fatty has bid £20m
      for a striker
      😳😳😳

      • Duh

        Depends if they are keeping their powder dry.

        Let’s see if they make a 25m+ signing for a forward.

        Ki is an alright back up for Diame and Shelvey especially if we get another cm.

        People suggesting they are building a kitty for 2-3 biggish signings.

        That would work for me but let’s see.

        • Westdentoon

          Our powder is fcukin dryer than the Saharan sand.
          We have been waiting 11years for a 20mil plus striker…where you been man??

        • Ram Kishore

          No more midfielders ig because we still need Colback to move on.. Merino needs to move too..We have 4 midfielders without these 2

      • Ram Kishore

        The freebie could be a good signing on the short term..
        I’m just saying imho not all signings can we rate based on the transfer fee we pay..

    • SuperDesHamilton

      We aren’t getting more because of your hopelessly incompetent pal penfold inserted a pathetically low release clause in the lads contract. Top job done again

      • Duh

        The reports are that he did not have a choice with the clause, he would not have signed otherwise.

        At the end of the day, it’s seemingly merino’s choice to leave and he is doing so because he wants guaranteed first team football.

        What matters is where we are when the window closes and whether Rafa is satisfied with what he got.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Well we’ll never know but history points to incompetence. And of course Benítez won’t be happy when we’ve been shopping in the bargain basement again

          • Duh

            Unfortunately there is an imbalance of power leaning to the players. They got a good player for a decent price and he is leaving for a small profit.

            Fair play to the lad, he wants guaranteed football, if he can’t get that at Newcastle and he’s not got the appetite to fight for it under a very good Spanish manager, he’s probably not worth any more than his release clause, at least not at this point in time.

      • Garry Norman

        Going on the assumption that Ashley is only interested in top dollar, do you think the clause was their choice? If it was up to them every clause would be £100m, even for the Hoss

        • SuperDesHamilton

          I think it’s just sheer incompetence on the minions he employs. He’s pays a pittance so this is what he gets

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Plus the only place in world football you have to insert a realease clause is Spain by law so their was no need to put one in

    • Ram Kishore

      You are right about that.. we sold Merino.. many are saying it’s cheap.. when we are trying to recoup as much as possible for the sum we paid for Mbemba..(9 million £..)
      We are demanding too much …
      Yep u r right about the hypocrisy here..

      When there was a report of NUFc rejecting Stoke’s bid of 15 million.. I read an article by
      Lewis Jones here “Newcastle turn down £15m for Matt Ritchie as ‘Don’t want to sell on the cheap’ – Only want to buy on the cheap?”..

      They just forgot that we paid 5 miilon pound for their player Joselu who had two very very normal season and they recouped almost the entire sum they paid for him in 2015..

  • FatParosite

    While every other club makes deals like Fortnum and Mason, Harrods or even M&S we are Sports Direct. Keep buying your season tickets gullible lackeys.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    We’ve got his replacement for nothing so that’ll be £10 million straight into fattys pocket.

    How’s his followers gonna defend that?

    • Duh

      Because it’s not the end of the transfer window yet, dumbo

      • Warwick Hunt

        Calling someone dumbo ? Straight outta the clarko handbook. Go clever or go home

        • Duh

          We will see who is clever at the end of the window.

          I dislike the owner as much as anyone else but I just think it is just plain stupid to start assessing the transfer window at this point.

          It just sounds bitter and whiny.

          • Warwick Hunt

            Then you’ve learned nothing from history

          • Duh

            Well I thought based on history England would lose on penalties against Colombia.

          • Warwick Hunt

            Really hope I’m wrong and ashley backs rafa but I just can’t see it

          • Soldier

            He would have done so by now as Rafa asked, he has no intention at all to buy the players Rafa wants

          • Warwick Hunt

            It’s not as though anyone is asking ashley to put his own money in . Just to trust rafa and let him spend the budget as he sees fit. Is that too much to ask ?

          • Duh

            That is supposed to be the deal but we’ll see.

          • Duh

            I think we will sign some players as I said.

            They may disappoint fans and maybe even Rafa but I think they will make signings.

            We are still seeing more signings generally but the World Cup is still on and I am sure a lot of agents and other people were or are still there.

            I for sure am not promising you significant backing but I also think those peddling zero spend are being premature. It’s likely to be somewhere in the middle of good and bad.

          • Warwick Hunt

            I’m not asking ashley to put his own money in. Just to trust rafa within the budget of the club . Not too much to ask is it?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            It`s more like common sense when you see what happened in January & last August, failure to take note of the managers concerns nearly got us relegated again but for Rafa finally getting Kenedy & Dubravka

          • Garry Norman

            Everyone on here is bitter and whiny

          • Billmag

            Not everyone.

          • Soldier

            don`t come on here then, go make an a rsehole of yourself elsewher

        • Wezza

          Busted! These trolls are unbelievably sad!

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Yet another apologist. How many times has this regime lied to us, yet folk like you believe them time & time again….dumbo

        Thick as a whale omelette

        • Soldier

          Block him he`s a wind up merchant with limited intelligence,
          another one of Ashley`s goons

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’m sure their the same person. What happened to the tommy Robinson lover? I had him that wound up he was asking to fight me the other night & he’s went quiet

          • Duh

            I think blocking someone because they don’t agree with you demonstrates a lack of intelligence.

            What have I said that is incorrect?

            Tell me why what I have said is wrong.

          • Tony English

            Honestly man, it’s the two point defence of the mentally bankrupt and paranoid on here:

            1] Tell you your actually someone else with a fake profile
            2] Block you

            I would say to them….

            ….you know what, that bloke on the bus doesn’t have eye holes cut in his newspaper…

            ….you know that flower van at the end of the road, it’s just a flower van, they’re not spying on you….

            …you know that bloke with the fake profile on the internet to infiltrate your message board, he’s just another normal fan who just disagrees with you….

            Honestly, you’re really not that important, you’re really not worth the effort.

          • Warwick Hunt

            Honestly man I would get a sense of humour man

          • Tony English

            Honestly man, I think that’s your real name man.

          • nevfur

            It is, I know his brother Issac

          • Tony English

            Note to self: always take advice on humour from someone who is name was the cutting edge of comedy when (abbreviation of Richard) Emery was new wave.

          • nevfur

            Oh you are awfull

          • Warwick Hunt

            Note to self? Why send it to someone else then? Don’t kid a kidder . I’m way too clever

          • Tony English

            I can leave a note to myself on here because as you know I have 48 different profiles on here, everyone on here except you, is me.

            But you knew that anyway being that you’re way too clever. Maybe you too should get a sense of humour to go with all that cleverness?

          • Warwick Hunt

            I never accused you of having more than one profile on here .

          • Tony English

            It’s the standard on here though isn’t it?

            Tired of seeing folk trying to make a reasonable point before the nuggets jump onboard and tell them they’re working for Ashley and they are the brother of some bloke from somewhere or other who was blocked, and you aren’t real and yada yada yada….

            Maybe when I see the same sh 1te again and again and challenge it….I don’t need to be told I need a sense of humour?

            Truth is I’ve been working from home for three weeks with a chest infection and this is just a window open in the corner of my screen, that’s why I’m here more often recently, was originally feeding a hunger for transfer news….now its maybe just an irritant?

          • Warwick Hunt

            My brother is called yorick

          • Soldier

            it fits you perfectly.

          • Soldier

            you`re another troll. sad, sad, people

          • Tony English

            Your lack of self awareness is staggering. Anyone on here who tries to be rational and reasoned and back their opinion up with fact is apparently a Mike Ashley supporter, or a troll.

            Whereas someone like yourself, hiding behind a fake name, making nonsense knee-jerk reactions from an emotional standpoint accusing folk left right and centre of being fake is not a troll.

            You are the textbook definition of a troll.

          • Warwick Hunt

            Absolutely Tories in ivory towers looking down their noses at us plebs and calling us thick. It’s all they can do and they haven’t a sense of humour between the lot of them

          • Soldier

            you`re a clown it`s as imple as that

          • Garry Norman

            So, a tiny bit of common sense and he has limited intelligence? Letting your hate for Ashley cloud your judgement. Guess that makes me an Ashley goon too now

          • Soldier

            you come on here constantly making snide remarks,
            what`s the point you sad man.
            classic keyboard warrior

        • Duh

          No, totally false.

          I think the guy is a bad owner and has grossly mismanaged the club – you can verify that looking at past posts.

          However, making an assessment of the window on the basis of 1 free transfer in and speculation of one out is just silly.

          There is plenty to criticize Ashley about without criticizing him over assumed future acts/lack it future acts. There will be plenty of time for that later if it comes to be true.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’m not going on one wonder I’m going on 11 years

          • Duh

            I get your scepticism, I am not saying that is unfounded.

            I just think your original statement was wrong.

            I am not sure how anyone could defend Ashley generally but, I think that criticism – to be credible – needs to be based on what’s happened, not what you or I think is going to happen.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Glutten for punishment. Time and time again we’ve been lied to & misled why the hell would I believe anything different unless I’m a sadomasochistic like you

          • Duh

            That’s my point, don’t believe anything until it’s become a reality – good or bad.

            As for being a sadomasochist, I would say that applies to all of the people on here who constantly whine about how Ashely has ruined their life but continue to let it get to them (seemingly).

            Personally, I really only get upset when the toon lose and then not always, if they played well or were unlucky, I am okay with it.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            No you just resort to name calling because I dared to have a different opinion

          • Garry Norman

            Give it up. If you’re not on here calling for his head on a spike, you’re his best drinking pal.

          • Tony English

            Careful mate. You’re using your own name, you’re balanced and you can spell. They don’t like your sort around here.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      They can`t, but they will as they think Fatso will go out and buy £20m strikers & £18m midfielders
      the die was cast with the signing of Ki compounded by the fact the manager doesn`t trust them as far as he could throw them & that is why he refuses to sign a new contract

      • Duh

        I am far from a defender but I think you are all a bit premature in your scepticism of the transfer window.

        We will see.

        I suspect we will get a couple of decent players in but ultimately there will still be disappointment.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          You`re entitled to an opinon

          • Duh

            Yeah, equally I don’t assume that reports that the 51m windfall for merino, mitro, etc are going to fuel a spending binge.

            I’ve no idea and it’s all speculation.

            I am waiting for Rafa to start complaining that he is not getting the funds and/or the close of the window.

            That is when we will know for sure. For some I am sure that will give them a sense of satisfaction that they were right all along and mike’s latest assurance that the club can spend what it earns was another lie.

          • Leazes.

            Is he…I blocked him last year?

  • Desree

    Pretty clear to me. When we do buy, it happens early in the window. There is no intention to sign players but we will be open to any and every offer.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Correct just like a cheap shop