Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed what Arsenal have planned to do with Joe Willock now that the Englishman’s loan spell has ended.
The 21-year-old joined Newcastle United in January and he has become a star. He singlehandedly saved the Magpies from relegation and went on to register his name in the Premier League record books by scoring seven consecutive goals in as many games.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has been very vocal about his desire to sign Willock on a permanent deal. Multiple reports have hinted that Arsenal are willing to let him leave if a bid as little as £20 million is to arrive this summer. (Telegraph)
Romano, however, has rubbished those claims. He has revealed that Arsenal will not even consider a £20 million bid, but if a club can double that offer, the Gunners might be tempted to move him on in the coming weeks.
Fabrizio Romano: Arsenal will only sell Joe Willock for a big fee
He told The Arsenal Lounge: “What I’m told about Willock is he will have the opportunity to show his skills with Arsenal. He will be one of the players in pre-season with the first team. He’ll have the opportunity to show Mikel Arteta what he can do and how much he has improved at Newcastle.
“The situation on the transfer market for Willock is Arsenal are ready to listen to offers if important bids will arrive.
“If a club arrives with £20 million, it’ll be: ‘no thank you, the player is staying’. But if a club comes in with double – £40 million or £45 million – this could be an opportunity. But Arsenal are so relaxed with the player. They are open to give him a chance. If not, he is leaving for a big fee.”
The Insider’s View:
If that really is Arsenal’s stance, we really can’t complain.
We have always been a poor side when it comes to player sales. Apart from Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, we haven’t really made big money by selling any of our former players, which is a terrible record.
The reports that claimed that Arsenal will sell Willock for just £20 million infuriated supporters, and rightly so. The Englishman’s performances at Newcastle showed that he is worth so much more than that figure, and it looks like Edu and Arteta have now realised that.
About £40 million for Willock would be a fair fee considering his recent form, age, and nationality. However, he’s a player who is Arsenal through and through, and we really hope that Arteta can keep him and get the best out of him next season.