There are reports today including in talkSPORT that Arsenal are in pole position to sign Newcastle United England U21 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman this summer.
The star goalkeeper is still only number three on Tyneside behind 30-year-old Slovakian International Martin Dubravka and 28-year-old Karl Darlow.
If Woodman stays at Newcastle, where he’s been since 2014, then the chances of getting first team football at Newcastle do not look good in the short-term.
Arsenal are in the lead to sign him this summer because his father – Andy Woodman – who was the goalkeeping coach at Newcastle when Freddie arrived – is now Arsenal’s Head of Academy Goalkeeping and Under-23’s goalkeeping coach.
Freddie Woodman – ready to leave Newcastle
Freddie has made three appearances this season for Newcastle – all in cup games, and he has only one year left on his contract.
Newcastle will ask for a fee for the player, and it will be interesting to see what Rafa wants for the 56 times capped England Youth International goalkeeper who has 6 caps for the U21 side.
Woodman was the star for the England Under-20 side who won the World Cup back in 2017.
Woodman turned 22 at the beginning of the month, and he will be looking to further his career elsewhere.
However, he could find it difficult to get in Arsenal’s first team – although it will be up to Freddie and he is a very talented goalkeeper.
Certainly, Woodman would seem to have a great future ahead of him, and the reports are that he is now ready to leave Newcastle.
We don’t know if Rafa will try to keep him on Tyneside, but the youngster hasn’t been given many chances with Martin Dubravka in such good form for over a year now.
What do you think?