Newcastle United confirmed on Friday night the permanent signing of Joe Willock from Premier League rival Arsenal.
Star gunners in demand
Willock’s name, of course, has been at the center of media talk for several weeks.
The midfielder spent the second half of last season playing his trade at St. James’ Park, after battling for playing time under Mikel Arteta at the Emirates.
And the 21-year-old quickly reminded viewers of his undeniable talent, racking up 8 hugely impressive goals in 14 Premier League appearances for the Magpies.
Joe Willock is in the right place at the right time! ⚽
The loan from Arsenal scores against Tottenham!
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 4, 2021
In turn, it was subsequently no surprise that speculation spread that those in a position of power on Tyneside had set their sights firmly on a permanent settlement for Willock.
As a result, a long and sometimes troubling saga unfolded (for those of Newcastle’s persuasion), as Arsenal drew on the brilliant spell of their midfield talent from last season to hold their own at a starting price of £ 25 million. .
However, as described above, on Friday, negotiations between the respective boards at the Emirates and St. James’ Park finally paid off.
In a series of posts on the clubs’ respective social media platforms, Arsenal and Newcastle announced that Willock has linked up with the latter on a permanent basis:
✍️ #NUFC We are delighted to announce the signing of Joe Willock on a long-term contract.
Welcome back, @Joewillock! 😍
– Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 13, 2021
Thanks for everything, Joe ❤️
All the best with @NUFC 👊
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 13, 2021
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Willock has returned a fee of £ 25 million to his new team.
However, the Newcastle faithful will be forced to wait before seeing their latest addition in club colors, as Geordit’s team confirmed that Willock ‘will be available for selection for next week’s Premier League match. against Aston Villa. ‘
This, of course, would hint that the 21-year-old will not be at Steve Bruce’s disposal for Sunday’s first game of the season against West Ham.
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