Report: Celtic target Freddie Woodman could be set for Arsenal

By David Walton

July 5, 2021

Talented reported Celtic target Freddie Woodman could be used as a makeweight for Newcastle to sign Joe Willock, the Chronicle claims.

The Newcastle-based outlet reports that Steve Bruce is desperate to re-sign Arsenal youngster Willock. This comes after a successful loan spell in the North East last season.

Celtic, meanwhile, are having major frustrations in their hunt for a new goalkeeper. Mat Ryan appears to be set for Real Sociedad [Daily Mail], and it doesn’t look as though they’re close to bagging Woodman either.

The Hoops were linked with a move for Woodman at the end of May by The Chronicle. But it’s been reported that Willock could cost around £30m this summer [Arsenal Lounge]. That means Woodman could be used to whittle down the transfer fee.

As things stand, there have been no reported offers from the Hoops for Woodman.

Celtic missing out on Freddie Woodman to Arsenal would add to frustration

Should Celtic miss out on Woodman whilst Ryan heads to Real Sociedad, it would mean a failure to bag either of the two goalkeepers we have mostly been linked with this summer.

More concerningly, it would likely end our hopes of bringing in a new one before the July 15th Champions League registration deadline. Indeed, Celtic would likely instead need to stick with what they have.

That doesn’t seem like something Ange Postecoglou initially wanted to do. Sky Sports reported earlier this summer that he was assessing his goalkeeping options and had identified room for improvement.

Celtic-linked Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Where Celtic would go from here is anyone’s guess. There certainly doesn’t appear to be much urgency in trying to halt this Woodman to Arsenal exchange. Perhaps that says plenty about how Celtic view a move for the former Swansea stopper.

Of course, there is still one thing that falls in Celtic’s favour. Woodman is reportedly looking for guaranteed first-team football in any move he makes this summer. That’s unlikely to be the case at Arsenal with Bernd Leno the current number one. Granted, whether a move to the Emirates would be too good to turn down is another matter.

There’s also no guarantees Arsenal actually want Woodman either, so there’s plenty of room for this to fail. From a Celtic perspective, however, there just doesn’t seem to be a rush from the Hoops to nab the Englishman’s signature.

In other news, the Sheffield United boss doesn’t appear to be entertaining any talk of Celtic signing George Baldock.