Newcastle United may have been interested in Maxime Gonalons, but they got a better deal

Maxime Gonalons #21 of AS Roma controls the ball against Paris Saint-Germain during the first half at Comerica Park on July 19, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.

Newcastle United ended up signing Mikel Merino from Borussia Dortmund.

Maxime Gonalons #21 of AS Roma controls the ball against Paris Saint-Germain during the first half at Comerica Park on July 19, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.

Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons’ agent has confirmed Newcastle United’s interest in his client during the summer transfer window to Radio Kiss Kiss (09/10/2017) this week. However, it seems that Newcastle made the right choice by going for Mikel Merino over the Frenchman.

Gonalons would have been an eye catching addition for Newcastle to make, but Merino looks to be the pick of the North East side’s signings over the summer.

Lyon's French midfielder Maxime Gonalons gives a press conference on the eve of the Europa League football match Olympique Lyonnais against AFC Ajax Amsterdam on May 10, 2017, at the Parc...

Merino has made a brilliant start at Newcastle, with the Spaniard bossing games from his central midfield spot.

Merino is only on loan at Newcastle from Borussia Dortmund, but Rafael Benitez’s side have shown great foresight with the transfer.

Newcastle player Mikel Merino in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle have agreed a price for Merino with Dortmund already, meaning they could get a bargain next summer.

And, considering Gonalons would’ve cost a sizeable amount, it seems that Benitez’s side definitely got the better deal by going for Merino instead.

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