Spanish club joins race to sign Newcastle's Mikel Merino

Real Betis have been strongly linked with a move for Newcastle United's Mikel Merino.

Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, 1:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, 1:11 pm
Mikel Merino

The midfielder joined the club last summer, initially on loan, from Borussia Dortmund.

Merino impressed in the early part of the season, but struggled to get a place in Rafa Benitez's team after recovering from a back injury late last year.

The 21-year-old told the Gazette earlier this month that he would "clear his mind" in the summer after a frustrating few months for him personally.

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Basque clubs Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad have previously been linked with Pamplona-born Merino.

And AS have now claimed that Betis will attempt to sign the Spain Under-21 international in the summer transfer window.

Merino is under contract at Newcastle until 2022.