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Uncertainty surrounds Mikel Merino’s future at Real Sociedad amidst Manchester City interest

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Negotiations for Mikel Merino’s contract renewal with Real Sociedad have hit a roadblock, leaving his future with the club in limbo.

Reports from sources close to Deportes COPE Gipuzkoa indicate that Merino’s representatives have opted to delay any definitive response until Real Sociedad secures a European spot for the upcoming season.

However, this stance does not guarantee the continuation of the talented midfielder’s tenure with the San Sebastian outfit, given the keen interest he has garnered from various European clubs, notably Manchester City.

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Despite the optimistic messages emanating from the club’s hierarchy and sporting management, suggesting a smooth renewal process, the reality seems far more complex.

Negotiations have yet to yield a satisfactory agreement, with both parties maintaining diplomatic rhetoric publicly.

Merino’s stellar performances, particularly his adept ball recovery skills, have not gone unnoticed by European powerhouses such as Manchester City, alongside clubs like Juventus, Atlético de Madrid, and Manchester United.

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Scouts from these clubs have been closely monitoring not only Merino but also his teammates Martín Zubimendi, Take Kubo, and Le Normand during matches at Anoeta.

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While Merino currently boasts a hefty release clause of €60 million, the proximity of his contract expiration in 2025 could potentially diminish his transfer value.

Real Sociedad faces the daunting prospect of losing one of their prized assets without adequate compensation.

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Furthermore, Merino understands that his prospects of remaining in the Spanish national team setup hinge largely on his continued participation in European competitions.

This realization may also factor into his decision regarding contract renewal with the Basque club.

The situation surrounding Merino’s contract renewal underscores the delicate balance between securing the club’s interests and honoring the player’s ambitions.

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Real Sociedad finds themselves in a pivotal phase as they strive to retain a key component of their squad amidst intense external interest, particularly from Manchester City, and the lure of European football.

As negotiations unfold, the club and the player must navigate these complexities to reach a mutually beneficial resolution.

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