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Real Sociedad chief Olabe: Merino talks dragging on with Newcastle

Real Sociedad football chief Robert Olabe says talks are continuing for Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino.

La Real and Newcastle have been in negotiations for several weeks over a fee for the Spaniard.

While acknowledging things have dragged on, Olabe insists there's a confidence of a deal being struck.

He said: "It's been going for a long time.

"This is because there's still many parts to be agreed, but I am optimistic it can be settled as soon as possible.

"I would like it to be already done, it is there, but it is still not possible (to be announced)."

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