Mikel Merino during Spain-Croatia

MERINO IS THE 'LOW COST' ALTERNATIVE TO ONANA

The club that Barça 'fears' in the race to sign Mikel Merino

Published:23/06/2024 - 09:41h

Updated:24/06/2024 - 03:03h

FC Barcelona remains very attentive to the future of Mikel Merino. The Spanish international only has one year left on his contract with Real Sociedad and is a highly valued option in terms of pivots, but Arsenal's interest threatens the Catalans' plans

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Mikel Merino is one of the alternatives regarding better defensive pivote valued by the FC Barcelona this summer, so much in the sportive as in the economic. The one of Pamplona arrivó to his 28 years this Saturday with his future in the 'air', since it will be able to negotiate his exit to 'cost zero' from the next 1 January and, for the moment, has not initiated contacts with the Real Sociedad to renew the agreement that finalises in juniio of 2025.

In this sense, the Barça would try to take advantage of this factor to close his traspaso with an offer to the drop, by the order of the 30 million euros, 20 'kilos' less than his current value in Transfermarkt. However, the culés are not, neither much less, solos in the 'career' by his signing, as the Arsenal of Mikel Arteta seems decided to try to close his traspaso in July, to the term of the Eurocopa.

Mikel Merino 'copy' the strategy of Nico Williams to define his future

And it is that, to the equal that Nico Williams, Merino does not have intentions to speak with any club until it finalise his performance with Spain in the Euro. The mediocentro had minutes in the complement in front of Croatia and Italy and aims to the eleven this Monday in front of Albania, a party where expect massive rotations in the eleven of Luis de la Fuente. In addition to the Arsenal, the Athletic of Madrid also is very interested in the navarro, although 'SPORT' ensures that in Can Barça only fear by the 'gunners'.

The reason has to see with the economic power of the group londinense, as in the case to remain in LaLiga the footballer navarro prioritises an important challenge and dress the Barcelona T-shirt attracts him much more. Mikel already tested luck abroad between 2016 and 2018 in Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle, without too much fortune. From here that a possible turn to the Premier League was, for the moment, the main threat for the interests culés.

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