Mikel Merino is one of the players Barcelona are looking at in case they sign a midfielder this summer.
The Real Sociedad player had a great season. He was a key player in Imanol's side as they won the Copa del Rey (postponed from last season) and qualified for the Europa League via La Liga.
According to Onze on Esport3, Barça coach Ronald Koeman would love to sign Merino. The Dutchman loves his style and feels he would strengthen Barça's midfield. Merino has a contract with La Real until 2025 and a release clause of 60 million euros.
This past season, he made 36 appearances. He's been a regular with Luis Enrique's Spain squad, too, although an injury at the end of the season means he will miss out on Euro 2020.
However, Barça like him a lot as a player and could turn to him after missing out on Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum to Paris Saint-Germain.