According to the Chronicle, Newcastle could use Freddie Woodman in a potential deal to sign Joe Willock from Arsenal.
They claim that the goalkeeper could be part of a player + cash deal to bring Willock back to St James’ Park.
The Gunners have long been linked with a move for Woodman. The Chronicle claimed Arsenal were keen last month, but their interest dates back to 2018.
But would allowing him to head to the Emirates this summer really be the best idea?
It’s obvious Newcastle are desperate to re-sign Willock.
The midfielder had an incredible loan spell, scoring eight times in just 14 appearances.
There is reportedly confidence from Newcastle that he will return, but money will obviously be the sticking point.
But if it is somewhere near the latter fee, a move for Willock could be difficult.
Therefore, perhaps it’s a good idea to bring Woodman into the deal.
However, Newcastle could have another Adam Armstrong or Ivan Toney situation on their hands if they allow another academy product to depart.
Woodman is clearly a very talented goalkeeper with a lot of potential. He should be our number in the next few years.
He’s excelled on loan at Swansea over the past two seasons, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Premier League.
While it’s clear that Newcastle need Willock back, it might not be wise to allow Woodman to go in the opposite direction.
There has to be another way of re-signing the 21-year-old. Newcastle simply have to pay the money Arsenal want.
However, it’s not as simple as that for some fans. In fact, there has been quite a divide among Toon supporters about a possible swap deal.