Arsenal and Newcastle agree to a PS25m Fee for Willock

Arsenal and Newcastle agreed to a payment of around PS25m for Joe Willock, a Newcastle midfielder.

Although personal terms have yet to be agreed, Newcastle is keen to close the deal before Willock can play against West Ham in the first game of the new season.

Willock wasn’t able to attend Sunday’s friendly against Tottenham. Arsenal manager MikelArteta stated that they would explain why when possible.

After a loan spell that was successful in the second-half of last season, Newcastle has made him their number one target.

Willock was the youngest ever player to have scored in consecutive seven games. He also had eight goals in his 14 appearances.

Leicester midfielder James Maddison (AP)
Leicester midfielder James Maddison is of interest to Arsenal

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce made it clear that he wants the midfielder to return this summer and stated last month that they will “keep pressing away” for his signature.

Arsenal could be more likely to sign James Maddison, Leicester’s premier footballer this summer. Arteta may now have access to fresh funding.

Maddison seems open to joining Arsenal, even though Leicester finished ahead of the Gunners in the Premier League’s last two seasons.

It is not clear if Arsenal will be able to raise the fee Leicester wants for the 24-year old, as the club has already spent PS50m signing Ben White (Brighton defender).

The north London club is exploring other ways to structure the deal. A cash-plus players offer may be possible if Arsenal has any interested Leicester players.

Publiated at Sun, 8 Aug 2021 21:25:04 +0000

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