Arsenal may be more likely to make a move for Freddie Woodman following the result of the Championship play-off final, according to a report.
The Athletic reported earlier this week that the Championship play-off final would involve two Arsenal targets, David Raya of Brentford and Freddie Woodman of Swansea (on loan from Newcastle United). But the winner was likely to pass out of reach.
In Raya’s case, this is because the release clause in his new contract only applied if Brentford failed to achieve promotion. Since they’re now a Premier League club, Arsenal would have to negotiate a deal on Brentford’s terms.
As for Woodman, Swansea were likely to pursue a permanent deal if they went up. Arsenal would then be competing with a Premier League club offering a starting role.
But Swansea didn’t go up. 24-year-old Woodman will return to Newcastle United, where he’s never really been given a chance in the past. As a result, he might be available for Arsenal to make a move.
Andy Woodman was previously working as the head of academy goalkeepers, but he was released in March.
Arsenal certainly need to sign someone to play in goal. Even if Bernd Leno stays, which doesn’t seem to be guaranteed, the only other senior goalkeeper in the squad is Runar Alex Runarsson. With Mat Ryan’s loan ending, the club have to bring a replacement in.