Newcastle United takeover latest as Magpies 'prepare' offer for £20m-rated star that could impact Allan Saint-Maximin's future

Transfers and takeover are slowly creeping back on the agenda at Newcastle United.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 4:30 pm
Newcastle United are reportedly preparing a move for Joe Willock. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Here are the latest rumours doing the rounds on social media:

Magpies prepare Joe Willock bid – reports

Newcastle United are preparing an offer to sign Joe Willock on a permanent basis from Arsenal.

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That’s according to The Telegraph, who states the 21-year-old is likely to cost around £20million, though the fee could quickly rise after netting seven goals in 13 appearances on Tyneside.

The Gunners are reportedly open to the idea of selling their academy graduate in order to help fund alternative transfers but may wait until later in the transfer window to make a firm decision.

Negotiations are unlikely to be straightforward either. From the Magpies’ point of view, much will depend on Mike Ashley and whether he is either willing to provide the funds in the shape of another interest-free loan or allow Lee Charnley to borrow from a bank.

United are “increasingly confident” Willock is ready to leave his boyhood club, and his potential arrival could have a knock-on effect in keeping Allan Saint-Maximin at the club.

The Frenchman, in an interview with Sky Sports, admitted he will consider his future if they do not sign “more players like Willock”.

Latest Newcastle United takeover reports

The Independent reports that Mike Ashley’s anti-competition case (CAT) will begin next month and the Premier League arbitration is scheduled to take place in July.

It is claimed the Amanda Staveley-led consortium – including the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) and the Reuben brothers – and Ashley believe a number of top-flight teams encouraged the blocking of the sale.

PIF, who would owe an 80% stake in the football club, will return to the table if and when the takeover is given the go ahead.

Indeed, the national publication states the buyers are confident the arbitration process will conclude with the takeover getting the green light.

Martin Dubravka receives provisional Euro 2020 call-up

Martin Dubravka has been named in Slovakia’s provisional squad for Euro 2020.

Their final 26-man squad will likely be submitted by June 1, with Slovakia facing Poland in their opening game of Group E.

Ryan Fraser was called up to the Scotland squad earlier this week, despite Steve Bruce’s warning to boss Steve Clarke.