Arsenal have yet to receive a formal bid for Newcastle United target Joe Willock, according to The Athletic.
The 21-year-old spent the second half of the 2020/21 season on loan at St James’ Park and plundered in eight goals in just 14 appearances. His goal in the 2-0 victory against Fulham on the final day of the season took his scoring streak to seven consecutive matches, matching the club record set by Alan Shearer (via BBC Sport).
The £14.4m-rated midfielder has now returned to north London and still has two years to run on his contract at the Emirates Stadium (via Transfermarkt).
Willock had been limited to just two Premier League starts under Mikel Arteta in the first half of the 2020/21 campaign.
The report from James McNicholas and David Ornstein in The Athletic states that Arsenal plan to sit down with Willock when he returns from his holiday to discuss his prospects.
It’s expected that the Gunners will consider any ‘suitable offers’ which arrive for the 21-year-old, but at this point Newcastle’s ‘interest’ has yet to progress to the bidding stage.
It will feel like a step backwards if Newcastle fail to secure Willock given how integral he was to the run of form which lifted them from the brink of the relegation zone to a 12th-place finish.
He was the engine of the team in the middle of the park, and Newcastle don’t really have another player who can replicate his role of providing a regular scoring threat from midfield.
If Arsenal’s price tag proves to be unrealistic for the Magpies, perhaps they could look to arrange a second loan and instead pursue a permanent deal next summer, when you’d hope the uncertainty around the club’s ownership will have been resolved.
In other news, Newcastle are the favourites to sign this Euro 2020 star.
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