Arsenal fringe player Ainsley Maitland-Niles has emerged as a summer transfer target for Inter and AC Milan, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato.
The 22-year-old has started 14 Premier League games this season, typically operating at right-back in the absence of Hector Bellerin.
Maitland-Niles had played six times in the Europa League, playing more often than not in his natural position on the wing.
Milan are aware of Maitland-Niles probably down to the Ivan Gazidis connection and could rival Inter for his signature.
The youngster has played 91 games during his time in the Arsenal first-team, scoring three goals and registering five assists.
Mikel Arteta has left the player out of his squad for the last three Premier League games and only came on for the last minute against Portsmouth on Monday night.
Afterwards, he told the Metro: “Ainsley needs to put his down and work hard and show me every day in training that he wants it more than anyone else, that he wants to play for this club and fight for his place.”
Maitland-Niles earns £35,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium and it would seem like Arteta has now thrown down the gauntlet to the player.
He will probably have until the end of the season to prove to the Spaniard that he has the application and desire to make the grade.
Arteta will want to put his own stamp on the Arsenal squad in the summer and some players will have to make way.
Right now, Maitland-Niles will probably be one of those players and he must buck up his ideas.
Having both Milan clubs after your signature is no bad thing and it might be the best move for all parties if he heads for pastures new this summer.