Arsenal wouldn’t even consider an offer of less than £20m for Joe Willock this summer, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein.

Joe Willock celebrates the opening goal during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London. Picture date: Sunday May 23, 2021. Copyright: Matthew Childs
Joe Willock celebrates the opening goal during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London. Picture date: Sunday May 23, 2021. Copyright: Matthew Childs

Speaking on The Ornstein & Chapman Podcast, David Ornstein discussed the situation with Joe Willock. Having been nominated for Premier League Player of the Month after seven goals in seven games, there’s clearly a lot of speculation around the loanee.

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Arsenal are in a bit of a dilemma over whether to keep Willock and integrate him with the first team, which may not work out if he doesn’t suit Mikel Arteta’s side, or to sell him, which may cause plenty of regrets later if he really pushes on and succeeds.

According to Ornstein, Arsenal are certainly not considering selling on the cheap.

“As I understand it, relatively recently, if an offer was to come in for him this summer of £10m, £15m, for example, no chance. Wouldn’t even consider it,” Ornstein said. “If it comes in for £20m, £25m, there may be a conversation to have.”

With every game and every goal, Willock’s potential price tag just seemed to go up. It’s possible Arsenal might hold out for even more than suggested to Ornstein recently, if they’re even open to selling at all.

But it will partly come down to the bids they receive. If it’s purely Newcastle United and their stingy owner making offers, Arsenal aren’t going to maximise Willock’s value in a sale. If other clubs make an attempt to buy, perhaps that could drive the price up.