After weeks and weeks of speculation, it finally looks like Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock will join Newcastle United on a permanent deal in the very near future.
The Englishman spent the second half of last season on loan at Tyneside and became a huge star. He was one of the best players in the country in the final few games of last term, and Newcastle have been very vocal about the fact that he’s their ‘number one target‘.
90min claimed earlier this week that the Magpies have agreed a £25 million deal with Arsenal for Willock. It was up to the Englishman to decide if he wanted to stay or leave, and it looks like he has made up his mind.
Joe Willock drops Instagram hint suggesting he’s joining Newcastle
Steve Bruce warned Arsenal a few days ago that he will not wait forever for Arteta to make his mind up regarding Willock. (Read here) That seems to have alarmed the Gunners, who have now made a decision.
Multiple rumours emerged early on Friday claiming that Willock is on his way to Newcastle to finalise his move. This has been going on for a few weeks now, so Arsenal fans weren’t too bothered by it.
However, Willock’s latest activity on social media has all but confirmed that he’ll be joining Arsenal’s Premier League rivals.
Arsenal had no choice
Arsenal fans, predictably, are not too pleased about the rumoured £25 million price tag. Willock’s performances at the end of last season made a few Gooners believe he was worth over £40 million. That, sadly, isn’t the case.
A lot of factors have pushed Arsenal to accept a much lower fee than what he’s arguably worth. The main one being that he has entered the final two years of his contract, while his desire to play regular football would’ve played a big part as well.
To make things worse for us, no other club really registered an interest in Willock. That gave Arsenal no chance to drive his price up, and we eventually had to take what we could get.
Hopefully, this money will now be put into use to get someone like James Maddison in before the window shuts.