Arsenal are set to sanction the sale of Joe Willock to Newcastle United after the Magpies successfully finalised personal terms with the midfielder, Football Insider reports.
The Gunners graduate spent the back end of last season on loan with the Magpies. He made a huge impression for the club, bagging eight goals from 14 Premier League games.
Steve Bruce has been vocal about re-signing Willock throughout the summer, and the Magpies recently agreed a package worth £25m including add-ons to sign the 21-year-old.
Personal terms were not agreed with Willock in a meeting earlier this week, but they have now made the breakthrough by finalising a six-year contract for the midfielder.
The Gunners are now expected to confirm the transfer. It could be only a matter of time before the Magpies officially announce the return of Willock on a permanent deal.
The departure of Willock has received a mixed response among Arsenal fans with some of them believing that he could have been loaned out for another campaign.
However, the club are in need of additional funds to facilitate more signings. They are likely to receive an initial fee of around £20m from the sale of their graduate.
The Gunners are likely to pursue a new goalkeeper, creative midfielder and striker before this month’s deadline.
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