The 21-year-old is reportedly wanted by Athletic Bilbao, Real Betis and Real Sociedad
Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad have joined Real Betis in the race for Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino.
The 21-year-old moved to St. James’ Park last summer from Borussia Dortmund and he initially joined on loan.
By October, that move was made permanent after the Spaniard had played enough games to trigger a clause in the deal.
Merino signed a five-year deal at the time, but his progress was halted by injury and Newcastle are ready to cash in on him this summer.
Real Betis have already shown an interest in the midfielder, who is valued at around £10m.
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But, according to Mundo Deportivo, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad have thrown their hats into the ring too.
The Spanish pair have been alerted to Merino’s availability and are ready to match any bid made by Betis.