Newcastle United would be making a downgrade swapping Mikel Merino for Roque Mesa

Roque Mesa of Las Palmas holds off the challenge from Samuel Umtiti of Barcelona during the La Liga match between UD Las Palmas and Barcelona at Estadio de Gran Canaria on May 14, 2017 in...

Newcastle United are said to be interested in Swansea City midfielder Roque Mesa.

Roque Mesa of Las Palmas holds off the challenge from Samuel Umtiti of Barcelona during the La Liga match between UD Las Palmas and Barcelona at Estadio de Gran Canaria on May 14, 2017 in...

According to Sevilla ABC, Newcastle United are interested in signing Roque Mesa from Swansea City, but they would be better off simply keeping Mikel Merino.

Merino has been linked with a move away from Newcastle, as reported by the Chronicle, after struggling for game time over the second half of last campaign.

However, if Merino was to depart, and Mesa brought in - then Newcastle would be downgrading.

Merino was one of Newcastle’s star players over the early part of last season, when his performances caught the eye.

Newcastle player Mikel Merino (l) is challenged by Phillipe Coutinho of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1,...

Injury derailed the Spaniard’s season, and he never managed to come back to the same level, but he has shown the potential that he does have.

At 21, Merino has plenty of time left to develop into a star at Newcastle, which is something that cannot be said of Mesa.

Mikel Merino of Newcastle United celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2017...

The diminutive midfielder struggled badly at Swansea last season, and at the age of 29, it may be that he just isn’t suited to playing in the Premier League.

Newcastle should, therefore, look at other targets if they are to sell Merino, as losing him and bringing in Mesa would make Rafael Benitez’s options weaker rather than stronger.

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