Arsenal want up to £30m for Newcastle United target

Joe Willock of Newcastle United acknowledges the fans after the full-time whistle - Newcastle United v Sheffield United, Premier League, Football, St James Park, Newcastle, UK - 19 May 2021. Copyright: Richard Lee / BPI / Shutterstock
Joe Willock of Newcastle United acknowledges the fans after the full-time whistle - Newcastle United v Sheffield United, Premier League, Football, St James Park, Newcastle, UK - 19 May 2021. Copyright: Richard Lee / BPI / Shutterstock

Newcastle United may have to pay close to £30m to land Joe Willock this summer, despite the player’s openness to a return.

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

Chronicle Live report that Newcastle United have registered their interest in Joe Willock with Arsenal, but a transfer won’t come easy.

For a start, it seems Arsenal haven’t made any firm decisions on Willock’s future. They’re still assessing their options at this stage, and their willingness to sell Willock will depend on who they manage to bring in.

Even if they decide the best option is a sale, sources in North London reportedly feel Newcastle would have to pay as much as £30m.

The 21-year-old himself is open to a return, and his family were impressed with Newcastle’s handling of him on loan.

Willock ended his loan spell in top form. He won the Premier League Player of the Month award for May, and he scored seven goals in his final seven games for Newcastle.

David Ornstein has already confirmed Arsenal wouldn’t even consider a bid of less than £20m. A deal will now depend on whether Newcastle are willing to offer significantly more than that, and whether Mikel Arteta is willing to let Willock go.