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Man United ‘closely follow’ performances of 27-year-old midfielder, player could be available for cheaper than release clause: report

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Man United have eyes on Real Sociedad midfielder, Mikel Merino.

Manchester United may well be in the hunt to sign a new defensive midfielder this coming summer. With Casemiro now ageing and Sofyan Amrabat looking set to head back to Fiorentina, it’s an area of the field that does need work.

Erik ten Hag will want to utilise Kobbie Mainoo further up the field as a box-to-box player, meaning money will have to be spent to bring in a true number six.

The latest from Spanish media outlet COPE links Mikel Merino with a possible Reds switch. According to their information, United are among a whole host of sides who ‘closely follow’ the performances of the 27-year-old midfielder. Manchester City, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are also credited with an interest.

Merino, known for his defensive recovery work, has a release clause that stands at around £52m, though the Spaniard could be available for cheaper than his release clause due to a winding down contract that expires in 2025.

Obviously, Sociedad would prefer to receive the full release clause amount, though if no club is willing to meet that fee, they’d likely have to cash in for a lower fee, in order to ensure they do not lose Merino for free twelve months later.

Merino himself is aware that he must be playing regularly to keep his place in the Spain squad, while he is already looking good for a spot in their EURO 2024 team, regardless of what happens this summer.

For United, this could be an astute piece of business and a really shrewd way to kick off the Sir Jim Ratcliffe era.

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