One of Newcastle's star men has struggled of late, but the international break gives him an opportunity to get back on track.
Newcastle United are said to be looking to sign Dani Garcia on a free transfer.
Newcastle play host to fellow strugglers Southampton on Saturday.
Mikel Merino's performance against Liverpool was heavily scrutinised, as he disappointed in place of the injured Jonjo Shelvey.
Mikel Merino was handed a starting chance for Newcastle United against Liverpool.
Newcastle United lost 2-0 away at Liverpool on Saturday evening.
Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino was one of their worst performers against Liverpool yesterday.
Newcastle United will face Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League this weekend.
The Spaniard has played three times for Newcastle United in 2018.
Athletic Bilbao were linked with a move for Newcastle United's Mikel Merino.