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Mikel Merino officially joins Real Sociedad

After being linked with a multitude of Spanish clubs this summer, Mikel Merino has finally completed a protracted move back to La Liga. Real Sociedad were the club to eventually get the centre midfielder to sign the dotted line. He left Osasuna in 2016 to join Borussia Dortmund for a transfer fee of €3.75 million. The German giants have been buying the best young talents around Europe, with the promise of giving them first team football, along with developing their game further. Things didn’t go as planned for Merino in…

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Real Oviedo complete Carlos Martinez swoop

Real Oviedo have completed the signing of defender Carlos Martinez on a free transfer. The 32-year-old joined Real Sociedad in 1999 and played over 200 first team games for the Basque club, helping them to varied success in La Liga, having developed through the various youth stages and the B team. Having had several injury problems in recent years, Martinez was released by La Real this summer and has now penned a deal with second division Oviedo on a one-year basis. The deal does include the option to extend for…

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LaLiga News 

Sergio Canales joins Real Betis on a free transfer

Sergio Canales has completed his free transfer to Real Betis after not renewing his deal with Real Sociedad. After already sealing deals for Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez and Eibar midfielder Takashi Inui, Betis have now completed their third summer signing. Canales, who saw his contract expire with La Real last month, put pen to paper on a deal to move to the Benito Villamarin. Newspaper AS say that Betis tried to bring Canales to Sevilla last summer but were reluctant to meet La Real’s asking price for a player with only a year left…

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LaLiga News 

Real Sociedad are yet to activate Mikel Merino’s release clause

Real Sociedad are yet to activate Mikel Merino’s release clause at Newcastle United, despite claims a deal was close. The Spanish Under-21 international emerged as a target for Athletic Club back in January, given his Basque roots but a failed move in the winter transfer market saw him remain in England. German Bundesliga side Cologne had also shown interest, whilst Valencia, Real Betis and Athletic once more have all been keen this summer to make a move. It was reported that the young talent will move to the Anoeta and…

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LaLiga News 

Real Sociedad on verge of completing €10m Mikel Merino deal

Real Sociedad are closing in on the €10m signing of Mikel Merino from Newcastle United. The Spanish Under-21 international emerged as a target for Athletic Club back in January, given his Basque roots but a failed move in the winter transfer market saw him remain in England. German Bundesliga side Cologne had also shown interest, whilst Valencia, Real Betis and Athletic once more have all been keen this summer to make a move. But it now looks certain that the young talent will move to the Anoeta and join La Real…

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LaLiga News 

Former caretaker coach Imanol Alguacil pens new Real Sociedad contract

As a reward for his fine work with the youth teams and having taken over the first team as an emergency replacement for Eusebio Sancristan, Real Sociedad have extended the contract of coach Imanol Alguacil until 2022. His deal was set to expire next summer, in 2019, but Asier Garitano’s arrival has not affected his future and the new coach is keen to have him at Estadio Anoeta. MARCA say that Alguacil will return to his role as coach of the B team for the 2018/19 season as he looks to…

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LaLiga News 

Mikel Merino’s £10.5m move to Real Sociedad is now at an ‘advanced stage’

Mikel Merino’s £10.5m move to Real Sociedad is now at an ‘advanced stage’ as he prepares to leave English club Newcastle United. The Spanish Under-21 international emerged as a target for Athletic Club back in January, given his Basque roots but a failed move in the winter transfer market saw him remain in England. German Bundesliga side Cologne had also shown interest, whilst Valencia, Real Betis and Athletic once more have all been keen this summer to make a move. But it now looks certain that the young talent will…

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LaLiga News 

Sergio Canales working through summer to impress at Betis

Sergio Canales will not have a summer break after working extensively in the gym upon his move to Real Betis. After already sealing deals for Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez and Eibar midfielder Takashi Inui, Real Betis are closing in on a third summer signing on a free transfer. The next man to put pen to paper is expected to be Real Sociedad’s Sergio Canales’ whose contract in San Sebastian is set to expire this month, when he will then move to the Benito Villamarin. Newspaper AS say that Betis tried to bring Canales…

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Bielsa confirms Leeds United backroom staff as Benat Labaien leaves for Real Sociedad

Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed his backroom staff at new club Leeds United after seeing Benat Labeien leave for Real Sociedad. After seeing Paul Heckingbottom sacked at Elland Road earlier this month, assistant Jamie Clapham, Nathan Winder and now – Labeien have left the English club. Labeien has taken a role with La Real, becoming an analyst for the Basque club ahead of next season and that has prompted new Leeds boss Bielsa to select his backroom staff for the new season. Bielsa, who flies into England later this week, has…

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LaLiga News 

Real Betis set to confirm Sergio Canales deal

After already sealing deals, which are yet to be announced, for Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez and Eibar midfielder Takashi Inui, Real Betis are closing in on a third summer signing on a free transfer. The next man to put pen to paper is expected to be Real Sociedad’s Sergio Canales’ whose contract in San Sebastian is set to expire this month, when he would then move to the Benito Villamarin. Newspaper AS say that Betis tried to bring Canales to Sevilla last summer but were reluctant to meet La Real’s asking price for…

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