Joe Willock could make a permanent return to Newcastle; swap deal with Arsenal a possibility

Newcastle looks to bring Joe Willock back to the club on a permanent transfer.

Newcastle has set its sights on signing Joe Willock from Arsenal on a permanent transfer. They could also offer a player in a swap deal to Arsenal in order to offset the transfer price.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman could be offered to Arsenal in a possible swap deal plus a cash package to secure the services of Joe Willock. Arsenal is looking to fill the homegrown quota with an English goalkeeper and the transfer fee received from Willock’s sale could be directed towards this.

Willock joined Newcastle on loan on 1 February 2021 for the remainder of the 2020–21 season. He had an excellent loan spell at Newcastle where he scored in 6 consecutive Premier League games becoming the youngest player in Premier League history to do so at the age of 21 years and 272 days, a record previously held by Romelu Lukaku. Four days later, on the final day of the Premier League season, he scored again to equal the Newcastle United record of consecutive games scored in, with club legend Alan Shearer.

The 2-year old English midfielder enthralled Newcastle fans and coaching staff alike with his performances and work rate and this has resulted in him being placed as a priority transfer target on the club’s list. However, signing Willock will not prove to be easy or cheap as Arsenal value him in the region of €30 to 40 million and are unwilling to back down from their asking price. But the addition of Woodman to player plus cash swap deal could prove to be enticing for Arsenal.

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