Newcastle Land Dortmund Starlet On Loan Deal

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The Rafalution continues with Newcastle United bringing in highly-rated Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino on a season-long loan deal, reports the Chronicle. The 21-year-old is seen as part of the German giants’ long-term plans but needs experience he will not get so readily in the Bundesliga.

While Magpies owner Mike Ashley has back Rafa Benitez in the transfer market but the Spaniard is also keen to exploit loan deals with prices rocketing. Value for money is hard to find in this summer’s price madness.

Merino, a Spanish under-21 international, brings a versatility to the Newcastle squad which Benitez may come to value highly. Principally a central midfielder, Merino can play as a centre-back or at left-back.

The deal may yet turn permanent. Newcastle has a right-to-buy clause in the deal which allows them to initiate signing the Spaniard if he plays 75% of the club’s games next season. Newcastle found the loan system worked successfully for them as they claimed the Championship title in 2016/17.

Christian Atsu was borrowed from Chelsea in what became a permanent move this summer but also allowed them to shift sixteen players off the club’s wage bill. Half of those have been repeated this year or made permanent, giving the Magpies manager the chance to sweep away the cobwebs of the club’s last Premier League season.

Newcastle Land Dortmund Starlet On Loan Deal

The Rafalution continues with Newcastle United bringing in highly-rated Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino on a season-long loan deal, reports the Chronicle. The 21-year-old is seen as part of the German giants’ long-term plans but needs experience he will not get so readily in the Bundesliga.

While Magpies owner Mike Ashley has back Rafa Benitez in the transfer market but the Spaniard is also keen to exploit loan deals with prices rocketing. Value for money is hard to find in this summer’s price madness.

Merino, a Spanish under-21 international, brings a versatility to the Newcastle squad which Benitez may come to value highly. Principally a central midfielder, Merino can play as a centre-back or at left-back.

The deal may yet turn permanent. Newcastle has a right-to-buy clause in the deal which allows them to initiate signing the Spaniard if he plays 75% of the club’s games next season. Newcastle found the loan system worked successfully for them as they claimed the Championship title in 2016/17.

Christian Atsu was borrowed from Chelsea in what became a permanent move this summer but also allowed them to shift sixteen players off the club’s wage bill. Half of those have been repeated this year or made permanent, giving the Magpies manager the chance to sweep away the cobwebs of the club’s last Premier League season.