Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has claimed that he likes Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock, who is expected to be available in this summer’s transfer window.
The young Englishman is currently on loan at Newcastle United, where he is having a brilliant time. He hasn’t started regularly this month, but he has come off the bench twice and has almost single-handedly earned the Magpies four priceless points.
That has made him a very attractive option for clubs looking for a midfielder this summer. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce even admitted that he would love to build his team around Willock, but expressed concerns over Arsenal’s demands. (Read here)
Fellow Englishman, Warnock, has come out and said the same. He claims that he likes Willock as a player and would love to sign him. However, he has admitted that Arsenal’s demands of about £20 million make it impossible for his side.
He told Teeside Live: “We’re talking to one loan target in particular at the moment, that we’re hoping we can get in. He’s at a Premier League club, and we’ve liked him ever since I’ve been at the club really. We’ll try and see if we can talk him into coming up here.
“There’s not a lot like that out there though. The real top ones of the 19 or 20-year-olds, they’re probably going to get higher up than us. I don’t mean that disrespectfully, but clubs in the Premier League will want them.
“Look at (Joe) Willock at Newcastle – I like him, but he’s probably going to go for about £20 million if they get him. The top ones are beyond us, so we have to look a little bit below or for someone we can nurture.”
The Insider’s View:
£20 million for Joe Willock would be around the right amount to convince Arsenal to sell him this summer. The Englishman is a quality midfielder, but to secure his own future, it may just be best for him to move elsewhere.
However, if he can continue his outstanding goal-scoring form until the end of this season, Mikel Arteta will have a decision to make.
The Arsenal boss may consider keeping hold of Willock – a player who he thinks has got ‘great ability’. (Arsenal.com)
On the flipside, Willock’s transfer value could shoot up if he manages to score a few more goals in the coming games. That would benefit Arsenal, but that could make a possible deal way too expensive for Bruce’s Newcastle.