Ayoze Perez posts Tweet as Newcastle secure signing and offload Mikel Merino

Andreas Christensen of Chelsea and Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United battle for possession during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13,...

Newcastle's business in the transfer market has stepped up a notch this week.

Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez celebrates his first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Newcastle United forward Ayoze Perez has posted on Twitter after The Toon completed the re-signing of Chelsea flyer Kenedy on loan, before offloading midfielder Mikel Merino.

Brazil youth international Kenedy rejoins Rafa Benitez's side on loan until the end of the season from Chelsea, after making 13 appearances for The Magpies during the second half of last season.

Kenedy of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Watford and Newcastle United at Vicarage Road on May 5, 2018 in Watford, England.

He scored two goals and laid on another two assists to help Newcastle reach the dizzying heights of tenth place, and will be a huge asset to Benitez's squad next season. Spanish midfielder Merino, though, has joined Real Sociedad.

Merino, 22, struggled to recover from a back injury suffered around the Christmas period, with Mo Diame's form subsequently keeping him out of the team. Perez, 24, reacted on Twitter, by posting: "This is what football is all about."

Kenedy becomes Newcastle's third summer signing, after the club completed a permanent deal for Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague in a transfer worth £4million. Newcastle have also signed Ki Sung-yueng from Swanse City on a free.

Newcastle are currently in Ireland undergoing a training camp, where they will face St. Patrick's Athletic on July 17, before returning to Tyneside. They have also scheduled friendlies against Hull City, FC Porto and Augsburg.

Mikel Merino of Newcastle United reacts after missing a chance during the Premier League match between Watford and Newcastle United at Vicarage Road on May 5, 2018 in Watford, England.

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