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LaLiga trio keen on Newcastle midfielder Merino but one demand stalling move

Mikel Merino's departure from Newcastle United has stalled over contract terms.

The midfielder is in talks with Athletic Bilbao, Real Betis and Real Sociedad, which have all tabled five-year contract offers on similar terms.

However, AS says the deal has stalled due Merino's demands of a low buyout clause.

All three LaLiga clubs want to set the option at €60m or higher, while Merino wants it to be affordable in the event a bigger club comes in for him.

La Real president Jokin Aperribay is already in England today for talks with Newcastle about a deal for the midfielder.

Newcastle are willing to sell for €15m.

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