Report: 24-year-old Arsenal player says yes to joining top-flight club
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has moved a step closer to leaving Arsenal for Roma, with Sky Italy reporting that the 24-year-old has accepted the offer on the table from the Serie A side.
Maitland-Niles looks destined to leave the Emirates when the January transfer window opens. Previous reports have suggested that the two clubs have reached advanced talks over a potential deal.
Maitland-Niles has struggled once again to force his way into Mikel Arteta’s plans this season. He has not featured in the Premier League since late November.
And with that, a move to the Italian capital looks to be on the cards. In fact, Sky Italy have suggested that an agreement is edging closer.
They report that Maitland-Niles has now said yes to the move. It is claimed that he is set to leave on loan with Roma having the option to make the move permanent in the summer.
It does appear that there are still hurdles to clear. Sky Italy has suggested that Roma have offered to pay £630,000 for the loan deal. And they want an option worth £8.4 million (€10 million) included in the terms.
Arsenal however, deem those figures to be too low. So there are still some details to iron out.
Time for Arsenal to let Ainsley Maitland-Niles move on as Roma push for deal
Of course, Maitland-Niles is not the first Arsenal player to come incredibly close to joining Roma in recent months. Granit Xhaka was heavily linked with a switch to Jose Mourinho’s side in the summer. At one stage, it was suggested that an announcement may be imminent.
Clearly, Xhaka ultimately stayed put. So it is obviously too soon to suggest that Maitland-Niles leaving is a done deal.
However, it does appear to be the right time to let him go. He is no longer one of the younger members of the squad. And, despite a few false dawns, he has not been able to establish himself in the side.
He is clearly a huge talent. And Arsenal will likely know that he could thrive elsewhere. But it still looks to be best for all parties if a deal is agreed now that Maitland-Niles has given a move the green light.
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