Fabrizio Romano says Arsenal will demand around £30m for Joe Willock
According to respected transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal will demand around £30m before they even consider selling Joe Willock this summer.
Speaking on the Arsenal Lounge, Romano revealed how the Gunners will make a big demand if they do decide to cash in on Willock.
The midfielder has been in tremendous form for Newcastle since sealing a loan move in January. He’s scored six goals for the Toon, including five in his last five games.
But there is a feeling that Mikel Arteta could choose to cash in on Willock, regardless. The Spaniard is hoping to raise funds to help him sign new players this summer. However, Romano believes Willock’s success in the northeast means Arsenal will push their demands up.
“Arsenal are not going to accept €15 million or €12 million or €20 million. They want around €30 million, €35 million to start negotiations. Let’s see if they can find an agreement,” Romano commented.
That figure of 35m Euros is around the £30m mark. If that was to be the case, then it would be a similar fee to that which Barcelona paid for Cesc Fabregas back in 2012. Indeed, per Transfermarkt, a £30m sale would put Willock in the top six sales of all time for the club.
TBR View: Willock has been great but £30m might be too good to turn down if someone pays it
Arsenal are said to have a number of targets this summer. One of them is Sheffield United midfielder, Sander Berge, who is believed to have a release-clause of a similar figure.
Selling Willock could well help the Gunners fund that move. A lot will come down to how Arteta sees his squad and what is the priority.
However, most Gunners surely won’t grumble if they do get £30m+ for Joe Willock.
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