Newcastle United have registered their interest in signing Danny Welbeck this summer after it emerged at the weekend he is quitting Arsenal, Football Insider understands.
The Gunners confirmed at the end of Sunday’s home draw against Brighton that the 28-year-old forward is leaving when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech were all presented with a memento from Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick, with the stadium announcer adding that the ex-Manchester United man would be “missed in the dressing room”.
A source close to the player has told Football Insider that Newcastle have already made a move as they look to beat Premier League rivals Everton and West Ham as well as clubs across the Continent for the capture of Welbeck.
The north-east giants are convinced the England international would make a top-value signing given that he is available on a free transfer.
Welbeck has had five injury-ravaged seasons at Arsenal and has been sidelined since November with a broken ankle that required surgery.
But he is close to getting back to full fitness and is looking to reignite his career with a move to a club where he can be a regular starter as well as add to his 42 England caps.
Welbeck is attractive to Newcastle because of his pedigree and versatility that enables him to play any of the main forward roles, including as the central spearhead and as a wide forward.
He has scored 32 goals in 126 Arsenal appearances as well as 29 times in 142 matches for former club Man United.
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