Transfer insider David Ornstein has provided an update on Joe Willock’s future following his recent spell at Newcastle United.
Willock had arguably one of the best loan spells that we have seen in recent times when he moved to St James’ Park in the January transfer window, scoring eight goals, including a run of seven in seven appearances. Those goals would ultimately prove vital in their successful battle to stay up.
It’s no surprise then to see that Newcastle boss Steve Bruce wants to keep the 21-year-old up on Tyneside for next season, and speaking on the latest edition of The Athletic’s Ornstein and Chapman Podcast (30:29), Ornstein revealed just what it would take for his current club Arsenal to be convinced into letting him move on this summer:
“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.
“If it comes in for sort of £20m-£25m, then there might be a conversation to have, and they really need to weigh it up, because they don’t know for a fact that Willock is going to work within Arteta’s system.”
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Willock himself has also said (20:14), that he would consider coming back to Newcastle if the option presented itself, so by the sounds of it the decision is totally in the club’s hands.
It now comes down to whether or not the club are willing to spend the money necessary to make the deal happen, something that we know has been a problem with Mike Ashley over the years, and probably won’t be all that certain to happen this summer either with the takeover still up in the air.
But surely for the good of the club, after the form that he has been in this, whoever is in charge of the club this summer has to make signing him the priority, they may not get as good a chance to get someone like Willock fall into their laps like this for some time.