Arsenal have agreed on a £25m feel to sell youngster Joe Willock to Newcastle United.
What’s the story?
According to 90min, the Gunners have told Willock he can leave the club this summer. The young star is weighing up his future before deciding on his next move.
The £25m agreement is fairly significant for the Geordies as it exceeds their £20m transfer budget. It proves a minor victory for Steve Bruce, who has been chasing a deal all summer long.
And for Arsenal, it means Mikel Arteta will be losing his best goalscoring midfielder.
The youngster scored eight times in 14 Premier League games last term, more than any Gunners central midfielder.
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Goals from midfield have been virtually non-existent since the start of the 38-year-old’s reign in north London.
Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey are outstanding central midfielders, however, their attacking influence is minimal.
Compare that to the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, who was the Citizens’ highest scorer in the top-flight last term, despite playing a deep role.
If you want to challenge at the top-end of any league, goals are crucial, and especially from midfield.
Selling Willock is a foolish decision.