Arsenal could be prepared to offload Joe Willock this summer for around £20m, according to The Mirror.
The same report also insists that The Gunners will only let him leave for a Premier League club if he’s to go out on loan once again next season – highlighting the importance of survival if we plan to keep him.
Our midfield loanee has had a solid start to life on Tyneside, netting twice since his January arrival and giving us that box-to-box energy we’d lacked before his arrival.
The youngster was dropped for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham, but came off the bench to grab a dramatic late equaliser and secure a vital point for us in the relegation battle.
Reports in recent weeks have suggested that we remain keen on keeping Willock for another season, with a loan deal for 2021/22 seeming more likely than a £20m move based on current finances at the club.
Whether that happens likely depends on whether we are playing Premier League football next season, as Willock has shown he is capable of playing week in, week out at this level.
Still just 21, bringing Willock back to the North East would be a popular move with supporters as he has had a decent impact since his arrival.
A full season of first-team experience would serve him well and while he is a talented player, he is probably a level below what Arsenal will be aspiring for in their midfield long term.