Arsenal and Newcastle have agreed a deal that would see Joe Willock sign for the Magpies on a permanent basis if he can agree terms himself.
Joe Willock speculation went through the roof on Sunday when he was omitted from Arsenal’s squad for their pre-season game against Tottenham at the Toilet Bowl arena.
After the game, Mikel Arteta said he couldn’t talk about Willock before David Ornstein broke the news that the two clubs had found an agreement and all that was left was for Willock himself to find an agreement with Newcastle, which shouldn’t be a problem.
🚨 Exclusive: Newcastle have agreed a fee with Arsenal to sign Joe Willock on a permanent basis. Personal terms still need to be finalised so deal not yet done. Price would be in excess of £20m for the 21y England youth midfielder @TheAthleticUK #NUFC #AFC https://t.co/T0AIMXOqHN
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 8, 2021
Over the weekend, it was reported that Arsenal had opened talks with Newcastle and things have certainly moved quickly since then. It was also claimed that Arsenal had offered Willock to Leicester City in part-exchange for James Maddison but the Foxes just want cash, hence Arsenal turning to Newcastle.
The deal agreed is said to be in excess of £20m which represents good business for both sides, especially Arsenal who are getting more than a player is worth for a change. Willock is currently valued at around £14.3m and has two years remaining on the contract he signed in 2019.