According to The Athletic, Newcastle United are on the verge of signing Joe Willock in a deal that could net Arsenal more than £20 million.
The Magpies made the England under-21 international their number one target after he impressed on loan in the second half of the season and they’ve finally come up with an offer deemed too good to turn down.
Willock was absent from Arsenal’s squad for today’s 1-0 defeat to Sp*rs at White Hart Lane and Mikel Arteta subsequently set tongues wagging when he said he wasn’t yet able to shed light on why that was the case.
During a summer when we’ve struggled to offload players (and already spent more than £70 million) it’s a deal that Arsenal fans will begrudgingly agree makes sense. Having had a taste of regular football at St James Park, Willock was never going to settle for long spells on the bench at the Emirates this season.
While it’s always sad to see an academy graduate leave for pastures new, it’s decent money that hopefully we can reinvest.