Transfer News: Arsenal set to reignite interest in Freddie Woodman

Arsenal could sit with Newcastle again to negotiate a deal for goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, as Mikel Arteta seeks quick resolution to his keeper problem.

According to the Chronicle Live, Arsenal are interested in Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, and both clubs could sit together to discuss a potential deal. The two Premier League sides recently agreed on a deal for Joe Willock, and the Gunners want to solve their keeper problem by signing the Magpies star.

A loss to Brentford was the last possible thing Mikel Arteta needed in light of mounting recruitment problems at the club. The Gunners lost to the Premier League newcomers, and many were eager to point out the missing links in the side as the team enters into a crucial period of the new season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have till the end of August to figure out potential new signings to strengthen their squad. An attacking midfielder, striker and goalkeeper are deemed necessary, and the Gunners are nowhere near those needs. Players are linked, but nothing remains close to completion, although Arteta hopes things will move.

As for a new goalkeeper, the future of current No.1 Bernd Leno remains a doubt beyond the current season. Arsenal want someone to be a backup to the German and possibly become their first choice by next season. The club have spent the whole summer chasing Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale to no avail.

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Sheffield United wanted more than £30 million for their keeper, but Arsenal never came close to matching it. A few days ago, they entered into negotiations but ceded their interest as soon as it became clear the Blades won’t budge down over their valuation.

Other alternatives such as Andre Onana or Barcelona’s Neto have been mentioned, but Arsenal are adamant about singing someone homegrown for the long-term future. Hence, Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman has come into the frame, and the Gunners are reportedly willing to discuss a deal with the Magpies.

Both clubs successfully concluded a £25 million deal for midfielder Joe Willock, and now Arsenal want Newcastle at the table again for Woodman. The 24-year-old is in line to start against West Ham United, but he could be available for transfer next week.

He certainly fits the profile Arsenal require considering his age and homegrown status. His relative lack of Premier League experience is overshadowed by his impressive season in the Championship last term. Woodman, playing for Swansea, kept 20 clean sheets in 38 league appearances, which was among the best in the division.

While Newcastle certainly value him, it’s still unclear how much they are demanding for the keeper. Arsenal will negotiate, and after further discussions, more details emerge. The question is will Woodman accept an initial backup role after a terrific season under his belt.

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