Night’s headlines at Newcastle with Willock’s latest transfer and former Magpie ‘eager’ to return
Joe Willock will see what ‘the future holds’ when asked about Newcastle United and Arsenal’s determination to keep him.
Elsewhere, former lender Jetro Willems is reportedly ‘very keen’ to seal a permanent comeback this summer /
Here are your Newcastle United headlines for May 28:
Is the transfer budget £ 12million or £ 10million?
Or is there leeway as Newcastle prepare for a spending summer under current leadership?
The answer to United’s budget question will likely be provided when the club’s accounts finally fall – and that should be as soon as possible, with Newcastle being the last Premier League side to release their financial results.
The basic premise is that Newcastle under Mike Ashley operates very clearly: money is king. He always wanted the club to be self-sufficient, although over the years that hasn’t always been possible with the owner loaning money to cover relegation.
But usually owner’s largesse is reserved for potential crisis points.
Former Newcastle United lender Jetro Willems is’ very keen ‘to seal a return to St James’ Park this summer.
The Netherlands international enjoyed a promising loan to Tyneside in the 2019/20 season, scoring twice in 20 appearances and forging an encouraging partnership with Allan Saint-Maximin.
However, Willems’ black and white time was abruptly cut short after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Chelsea in January 2020.
The winger has not appeared in a first-team game since and will leave Bundesliga formation Eintracht Frankfurt this summer at the end of his contract.
Willock’s elegant response
Joe Willock “will see what the future holds”, but the Arsenal lender feels “blessed” to have had the opportunity to play for “wonderful” Newcastle United.
Whatever happens this summer, Willock will never forget the 111 days he spent at Newcastle after the Londoner took advantage of a dream loan to Tyneside.
As well as bonding with Newcastle supporters and getting closer to several of his teammates, including Jacob Murphy and Allan Saint-Maximin, Willock tied Alan Shearer’s club record in seven consecutive Premier League games.
Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Willock will return to the Emirates next season, but Steve Bruce has vowed to test Arsenal’s resolve in the coming weeks.
Saint-Maximin on the NUFC link
Allan Saint-Maximin reiterated that he “really loves” Newcastle because Geordies has helped him feel at home on Tyneside.
The Frenchman has forged a special bond with club supporters since he joined the Nice Magpies almost two years ago.
As well as entertaining fans on the pitch, Saint-Maximin regularly interacts with supporters on social media and the Newcastle talisman is known to stop for selfies when in town with his family.
The 24-year-old additionally gained the love of the fan base by donating care packages to the NHS and visiting the West End Food Bank during his time at the club.
Although Saint-Maximin warned he didn’t ‘want to do another season where we were fighting relegation’, one of the reasons the mercurial striker signed a new six-year contract last October was because of the “ love ” he received from the followers.
Roma have opened transfer talks with the Gunners over Granit Xhaka in a deal that could either open up a midfield place for Willock or allow Arteta to sign a replacement to push the former international English under 21 lower in the pecking order.
Sky Italy reports that Arsenal hope to agree on a royalty of around £ 25million, while the Serie A giants hope to secure a £ 10million incentive deal.
Future Roma boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly called for the Swiss international to move after calling him ‘Arsenal’s most important midfielder’ just two years ago.
It is set to be a busy summer for Arteta and Arsenal, and a potential exit for Xhaka could further influence Newcastle’s chances of reaching the Magpies fans’ number one goal this summer.
Saudi television rights offer
A Saudi bid for Champions League television rights piques interest in the football world – and draws comparisons to Newcastle United’s takeover.
Tariq Panja, well-connected with the New York Times, reports that an “unknown Saudi entity” has submitted a $ 600 million offer for three years of Champions League rights for the Middle East and Africa region. North.
The offer – handled by an Israeli middleman – rivals BeIN Sports’ bid, but there appears to be uncertainty as to how it will work given there is no pan-regional Saudi broadcaster.
Any deal with a Saudi company would be controversial given BeIN’s long battle against rights piracy.
Steve Bruce’s favorite Ahmed Elmohamady is now a free agent after announcing his departure from Aston Villa.
The 33-year-old made the announcement on Twitter – and instantly Newcastle United fans started joking that his next destination will be Tyneside.
It’s not as stupid as it sounds when you consider that Bruce signed the Egyptian defender at three other clubs: Sunderland, Hull City and then Villa in 2017.
Newcastle United are considered one of the favorites to sign Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer – according to Sky Bet.
The England international has endured a nightmarish campaign for the Reds and only made the day’s squad in December after undergoing surgery last summer to repair damaged medial ligaments.
Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his only goal of the season in the victory at Burnley in the penultimate game, and the 27-year-old ultimately made 17 appearances in all competitions.
The midfielder has been plagued with injury issues in recent years, and Jurgen Klopp’s latest layoff and competition for places in Jurgen Klopp’s squad has raised questions about his future on Merseyside.