Newcastle United are hoping to tie up a permanent deal with Borussia Dortmund to land Spanish Under-21 midfielder Mikel Merino. The holding central midfielder is deemed as a potential partner in midfield for Jonjo Shelvey and his arrival should see Henri Saivet’s short stint on Tyneside come to a swift end. Saivet has been told to train with the Under-23s and his agent has been instructed to find him a new club to ease the club’s huge wage bill. The Senegal midfielder’s exit will clear £35,000 per week and smooth the arrival of Merino with Rafa Benitez told that the squad size and wage bill must be reduced.
Newcastle United hoping to confirm signing of Mikel Merino as player arrives on Tyneside
Chronicle Live | Jul 27