Osasuna Sporting Director Petar Vasiljevic in a statement on future signings has stated the club wants to try and keep Mikel Merino another year by signing him on-loan from BVB.
Merino was crucial to Osasuna in their promotion campaign this year, scoring multiple goals and assists in the Liga Adelante playoffs. With some major contributors leaving BVB this offseason, it;s possible Dortmund will not be willing to loan out Merino back to his former club.
With a lack of depth, it would be risky to send the impressive Spanish midfielder away from Dortmund. Also it is important for his development to start working with head coach Thomas Tuchel and the rest of the BVB staff. Osasuna has also brought center-midfielders already, so them not keeping Merino wouldn't be a terrible scenario.
We've only just started getting excited about Merino after his quality playoff run, we really don't want to wait another year on him. Especially when Tuchel has shown he can unleash lots of potential from his players.