Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles is attracting interest from both within the Premier League and on the continent according to reports.
The Mirror claim that the England international, who is currently on-loan at West Brom, is being targeted this summer by multiple clubs after impressing with the Baggies since his move to the relegation-threatened club on deadline day in the January transfer window, with Crystal Palace one of the clubs listed as interested in the Arsenal man.
Maitland-Niles was at the centre of plenty of interest in the January transfer window, with Sky Sports News reporting that Leicester City, Newcastle and Southampton were all interesting in the 23-year-old Arsenal academy graduate, with the versatile youngster also coming close to moving to Wolves last summer as reported by The Athletic.
The Hale End product started the season for Arsenal in fine fashion as the youngster started and scored from the spot in the Gunners Community Shield penalty shootout win over Liverpool, yet Maitland-Niles found himself lost in the Mikel Arteta rotation machine and started just 13 games for the north Londoners.
Yet, the youngster has impressed since his move to the Hawthorns, with Maitland-Niles starting every Premier League and completing a full 90 minutes in each fixture, with Sam Allardyce admitting to Sky Sports News that the midfielder has brought ‘much-needed quality’ to West Brom in the second half of the season.
TBR View: Arsenal should look to cash in on Maitland-Niles whilst stock is high
Maitland-Niles has been crucial to West Brom’s upturn in form in recent weeks, and though they’re safety in the Premier League remains in the balance, the 23-year-old’s performances will have increased his value in the upcoming summer transfer window, and Arsenal should capitalise one that.
With just two years left on his current deal, Arsenal stand to recoup some decent fund for Maitland-Niles should the midfielder stay fit and continue to build upon his form with West Brom, and with the Gunners likely to trim down on their squad for next season, shifting on the England international could be smart business from the club.