Newcastle United are reportedly hopeful of signing Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock on loan again for the upcoming 2021/22 season, amid reports of fresh interest from France.
Willock, 21, appears to have a number of options on the table, including staying and being used as a makeshift player in Mikel Arteta’s squad for next season, but a move away at this point looks inevitable according to the latest reports surrounding the player.
RMC Sport correspondent Loic Tanzi had reported on Tuesday that Monaco are ‘exploring’ the possibility of a potential transfer and whether Willock is financially a viable option for the cash-strapped club.
His tweet translated to: ‘While the track leading Jean Lucas (Olympique Lyonnais) is not moving forward, for the moment, AS Monaco is exploring the case of Joe Willock. The 21-year-old Englishman already has a solid CV with 54 Premier League appearances played since the start of his career.’
Contrary to the French reports, it now seems the Tyneside-based club are closer to securing the services of the 21-year-old.
The Daily Mail report that manager Steve Bruce has been pushing for an answer from Willock and Newcastle have received a transfer deadline, expecting to know within the next 48 hours.
If the decision was solely up to Arteta, then we know what the answer could well be after the transfer admission on keeping Willock he made earlier in the summer window.
Arteta said in May: “For sure because he’s got a contract and that’s going to be here. That’s for sure.
“I am really happy that things have gone so well because of the potential that he has. I think it was great for him to go away and have a different experience.
“He has grabbed that opportunity in a really positive and remarkable way and he will come back to us, we will have a conversation with him and plan the next years for him.
“And he got the responsibility and the test of going to Newcastle to help them get where they want to. I spoke with the coaching staff there and they are extremely happy because he was a key part of contributing to get the objectives that they had. That’s a real positive for him.”
The Arsenal boss addressed rumours again earlier this month. “Joe is part of our plans, he’s our player and in the time that he is here we will try to make the most out of him,” he said.
However, with Arsenal having brought in young Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, game time for Willock could be scarce next season meaning a loan move could make sense for all parties involved.
Willock moved to the north east in January 2021, having only made two league starts for the Gunners in the 2020/21 campaign prior to his loan switch.
He hit the ground running at St James’ Park, finding himself on the scoresheet eight times in 14 games for the Magpies, with a record seven in his final seven games for Bruce’s side.
When asked about the deal following Newcastle’s pre-season friendly at Doncaster on Friday, Bruce told Sky Sports News: “You have to ask Arsenal, it’s their decision and it’s the player’s decision.
“Of course we want him back, he did great with us and gives us another dimension in midfield that we haven’t got.”
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