Arsenal are reportedly ready to listen to offers for Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer despite Mikel Arteta looking to keep the versatile Englishman – and Leeds United have got to be on red alert.
The Telegraph claim that Arsenal have chosen to sell the 22-year-old midfielder in order to raise funds for incoming signings. It is believed the England Under-21 star is rated north of £20million.
The Gunners have come to the decision to get rid of Maitland-Niles – who clocked up his 100th Gunners outing in the FA Cup final victory over Chelsea – even though Arteta rates him highly and would rather keep him at the Emirates.
Everton and Brighton are said to have made enquiries but they are unlikely to be the only clubs interested. Indeed, Leeds United have got to be taking a look at the versatile Arsenal ace ahead of their fight against relegation.
That is because he represents the ideal purchase for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds this summer. Bielsa is renowned for preferring a smaller squad, full of players that can play in numerous positions.
It has seen the likes of Stuart Dallas, Ben White, Gjanni Alioski and Tyler Roberts all shine under the Argentine. Dallas especially, who can play on either wing, on either side of the defence, and in central midfield.
Maitland-Niles would offer similar levels of versatility. Naturally a midfielder, he covered Hector Bellerin at right-back earlier this season, before playing at left-back in the FA Cup and games prior to that.
Leeds also need Premier League experience. Only Pablo Hernandez, Helder Costa, Patrick Bamford and Adam Forshaw have played in England’s top tier. For £20million, Maitland-Niles is the perfect Bielsa addition.
Leeds have got to be on red alert and do everything within their power to sign the Arsenal man.