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Joe Willock : Arsenal and Newcastle United reach agreement on transfer – Sky Sports

1 month ago
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Sky Sports have announced that Newcastle United and Arsenal have agreed the transfer of Joe Willock.

The broadcaster saying that their information is that the total fee will / would be £25m.

Sky Sports reporting that all that is needed now is for Joe Willock himself to agree personal terms with Newcastle and go through his medical.

Sunday night saw David Ormstein at The Athletic claim an exclusive, saying that the two clubs had agreed an initial fee in excess of £20m plus future add-ons, with then Sky Sports following that up with their own report.

The then widespread reporting including The Mail stating that it was an initial £22m transfer fee plus add-ons, that had been agreed by Arsenal and Newcastle.

This transfer saga had seen Steve Bruce seemingly make clear on Friday that a deal to buy anybody of significance this summer was impossible, when telling Sky Sports: ‘We are in a market where we are looking for players with very little transfer fee, or obviously the loan market.’

However, then on Sunday we watched on as Joe Willock was left out of the Arsenal squad to play Tottenham, with Mikel Arteta saying before kick-off that he would explain afterwards why he’d left Willock and Rob Holding out.

The post-match ‘explanation’ only though extending to stating that whilst Rob Holding wasn’t fit enough to be involved, it was NOT injury or lack of fitness that had kept Joe Willock out. When pressed on whether this then meant Willock was leaving Arsenal, Arteta stated that he couldn’t say anything else now and would update the media further when he was able to.

The only thing that can seemingly prevent any move to Newcastle United happening now, is if Joe Willock himself decides against it at this late stage. Whether that is staying at Arsenal or if some other club comes in and convinces the midfielder they offer a better option.

The quicker this gets fully signed off the better!

Arsenal have lost three and drawn the other of their four friendlies, with Joe Willock having only had two brief sub appearances totalling 49 minutes. Set to turn 22 in 11 days time now, it apparently made perfectly clear to the player that he wasn’t going to be a key part of Mikel Arteta’s plans this coming season.

Interesting to look back at last week, when The Telegraph reported (see below) that Arsenal had set an initial transfer fee of £22m and Newcastle had agreed to meet this valuation. With the only thing needed, for Joe Willock to accept he had to move away from his boyhood club and want to make it a permanent transfer to Newcastle this time.

Hopefully it is the player himself who has now triggered Sunday’s events and the reports of a deal between the two clubs agreed.

The ongoing claims of a possible second loan deal never rang true, as Arsenal have a major team rebuilding going on this summer and want to offset as much as possible the total expenditure, by selling players who Arteta doesn’t see as essential to his future plans.

This is day 62 of the transfer window and with only six days until the Premier League season kicks off for Newcastle, a shot in the arm was badly needed. Joe Willock the bare minimum that’s needed to be added to this NUFC squad that badly lacks creativity and especially goalscorers.

Luke Edwards writing in The Telegraph – 3 August 2021:

‘A move to Newcastle United is there for him [Joe Willock] to complete if he wants it. The clubs are happy to make the deal happen but Willock is yet to give a final answer and the Magpies cannot keep waiting.’

‘Newcastle will make the most of his talent, their attacking game designed to bring out the best in him under a manager, Steve Bruce…’

‘There is a growing sense that Willock is having second thoughts about making a permanent move to the North East after his successful loan spell. Willock believes he is good enough to play for Arsenal and it is hard to give up on a boyhood dream but his career was stagnating in London before he went out on loan.’

‘Telegraph Sport understands that, while Newcastle’s transfer budget is small, they want him so badly that they will pay the £22m asking price for Willock. It is a massive show of faith and someone needs to tell him it is better to play for a club like that than one who is not really bothered if you stay or leave. Arteta’s attitude towards Willock is ambivalent at best.’

‘Ultimately Willock is in danger of falling into a trap, refusing to accept that Arsenal do not really want him anymore. It is easier to stay where he is but he is far more likely to stagnate if he does.’

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