Maitland-Niles wants out
Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been vocal about his future in recent weeks.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been told by Arsenal that he will be made available for transfer in order to raise funds for the club this summer [Telegraph] pic.twitter.com/MHofVFWcgR
â AFTV (@AFTVMedia) August 7, 2020
The Englishman, in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, spoke about his readiness to leave north London in order to find first-team football, saying:
âIf it works out, it works out, if it doesn’t then kiss Arsenal goodbye. It’s been a long journey but a proud one at that. Maybe they still want to do something & things could change. If not, there’s always other teamsâ
He also demanded an answer from the Arsenal hierarchy, stating:
âI want a decision. I want some clarity.”
Maitland-Niles, now 23 years old, made his name at Arsenal playing at right-back, but impressed on loan at West Brom in the second half of last season, where he partnered fellow loanee Connor Gallagher in the centre of midfield.
Three clubs chase Englishman’s signature
According to BBC Sport’s Simon Stone, three clubs are interested in signing Maitland-Niles, which could spark a bidding war for his services.
Leicester, Southampton and Burnley all interested in @Arsenal Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
â Simon Stone (@sistoney67) July 21, 2021
Leicester City, Southampton and Burnley are all allegedly interested in signing the Englishman, whose versatility undoubtedly earns him plenty of suitors.
As reported previously by the Daily Mail, Arsenal may be set to offer Maitland-Niles to Leicester as part of a player-plus-cash deal for creative midfielder James Maddison, although such claims remain just rumours at present.
Whether in a swap deal or for a transfer fee, it seems that Maitland-Niles will be heading away from The Emirates Stadium this summer.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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