There’s news today in the Chronicle that Arsenal are interested in 22-year-old England U21 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
Woodman has been outstanding for Swansea while on loan at the south Wales club, and there doesn’t seem to be a way forward for him at Newcastle.
Martin Dubravka is in such excellent form since he arrived from Sparta Prague in January of 2018 (for only £4M!) it’s unlikely Freddie could become the number one goalkeeper next season.
Karl Darlow is the current backup, and he has been in good form too – and Woodman is not keen to be a backup at any club – he wants first-team football.
Arsenal’s current number one goalkeeper is 28-year-old German International (6 caps) Bernd Leno, and he signed on at the club in the summer of 2018 from Bayer Leverkusen
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is looking for a young goalkeeper who can challenge the German International for the number one position at the Gunners.
Swansea would also love to sign Woodman (shown above) permanently, and the Newcastle goalkeeper is very popular in South Wales, but it seems like bigger clubs will be after him this summer.
Arsenal have scouted Woodman regularly this season, and since he doesn’t seem to have a future at Newcastle: maybe the club will be willing to sell him this summer.
Swansea boss Steve Cooper is very keen on the England U21 International:
“We’d all love Freddie to stay for longer than the season.”
“Whether that’s possible, we’ll have a look in the summer. I think he’d definitely like to.
“The affection the fans have shown Freddie, I think he really feels it and likes to show it back because it’s mutual.”
Steve Bruce has acknowledged that Freddie is a top up-and-coming goalkeeper as he said this recently about the 22-year-old:
“We’re very, very fortunate that we’ve got three or four good goalkeepers.”
“The kid at Swansea – who we’re monitoring – is doing very, very well.”
Woodman has resisted signing a long-term deal at the Tyneside club, and it could be that Newcastle will need to make a decision on him this summer.
If he does not stay at Newcastle, then we still need a new goalkeeper brought in and need to keep Karl Darlow at the club.
It’s expected that Rob Elliot, who turns 34 next month, will be released when his contract experts in June.
Martin Dubravka recently signed a new contract which keeps him at Newcastle through the summer of 2025.
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