Joe Willock, an Arsenal midfielder, is reportedly interested in returning to Newcastle United on loan this summer.
Last season, the attacking midfielder played the second part of the campaign on loan with Steve Bruce’s side, helping them avoid relegation.
Arsenal are willing to loan Willock out for the 2021-22 season, according to 90min.
The Gunners are rumored to want to include a PS15 million obligation to buy provision in any loan agreement, which might be a stumbling block for Newcastle United due to their financial constraints.
Willock, an Arsenal academy product, made his senior debut in 2017-18.
Willock became a regular starter during the 2019-20 season after two seasons on the bench, making 29 appearances in the Premier League.
Last season, the 21-year-old was supposed to step up under Mikel Arteta, but he struggled to get consistent game time in the first part of the season.
After that, he was loaned to Newcastle.
Willock shined during his loan spell at Newcastle, scoring in seven straight games to tie Alan Shearer’s long-standing record.
Willock’s excellent form towards the end of the season prompted many to hope that Arsenal would keep him this summer and offer him a bigger role.
The Gunners, on the other hand, are looking to add a more experienced offensive midfielder.
Joe Willock reveals Arsenal’s preferred destination amid transfer links https://t.co/GOqF46tIWk pic.twitter.com/aPRo3VJ12j — Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) July 15, 2021 Also read: Fabrizio Romano’s Transfer Roundup: Manchester United pushing for two more deals, Barcelona’s plans for Lionel Messi and more
Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, Kieran Tierney, and Emile Smith Rowe are among the 21-year-old’s core group of young players.
Joe Willock has elicited strong feelings from Arteta.
Do you think he’ll be a good fit at Arsenal next season?
#AFC #AFTV pic.twitter.com/jDx6SkH0M6 — AFTV (@AFTVMedia) July 14, 2021 His performances during his loan stay at Newcastle are expected to have piqued Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s interest.
Arsenal has been linked with moves for Leicester City’s James Maddison and Italy’s Euro 2020 hero Manuel Locatelli as they look to bolster their squad ahead of the new season.
Arvind Sriram edited the piece.