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 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

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.

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.