According to RMC Sport, Monaco have made contact with Joe Willock about a possible move ahead of the new season.
It’s not clear at this point whether the Ligue 1 side wants the 21-year-old on loan for the season or if a permanent transfer is on the cards.
Either way, it’s no bad thing for the Gunners that there’s a rival to Newcastle United in the race for his signature. The Magpies have openly expressed their interest in signing the midfielder following his successful six-month loan spell earlier this year.
Willock is under contract at the Emirates for two more seasons and there have been whispers we could offer him a new deal were we to let him leave on loan.
Presumably, we’ll have to gauge the mood of the player’s camp because if a new deal proves complicated it might not be a bad thing to sell him now while his star is in the ascendancy.
Both of Joe’s brothers have spent time abroad. The Gunners lost Chris to Benfica in 2017 while Matty, once of Manchester United, spent a year in Holland at two clubs in Utrecht.
Elsewhere, Football.London report that Alex Runarsson’s proposed move to Turkey appears to be off.
Altay Spor, newly promoted to the Turkish Super Lig after an 18-year absence, were reportedly on the verge of announcing a loan deal until a disagreement over the fee.
The 26-year-old, deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates, now faces an anxious wait to find another club in the coming month or so.
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