Report: Arsenal receive PL enquiry for £20m player
Arsenal have received an enquiry for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, with Football London reporting that Crystal Palace have made contact about a potential transfer.
The Gunners face a big decision on Maitland-Niles this summer. The 23-year-old spent the second-half of this past season out on loan.
He had been struggling to hold down a spot in Mikel Arteta’s side. And it is probably fair to say that he probably did do not enough while with West Brom to show why he should be a midfield starter for Arsenal.
Maitland-Niles’s future has become a real talking point following an interview he gave this week to The Telegraph.
And now, a Premier League rival has made the first move to land him.
According to Football London, Palace director of football Dougie Freedman has enquired about Maitland-Niles. It is noted that Edu would be open to selling him for the right price.
Arsenal agreeing Maitland-Niles transfer looks best for all parties
It is a shame that Maitland-Niles’s future potentially looks set to lie elsewhere.
But with Arsenal looking to fund their own transfer plans, the time may be right to let him go.
Unfortunately, it is hard to see Maitland-Niles making it in central midfield. He is a potential option at right-back. But much may depend on whether he is prepared to take that role.
So Palace enquiring may appeal to all parties.
It could give Maitland-Niles an opportunity to get his career properly up and running.
Arsenal meanwhile, would presumably receive a considerable fee for a player closer to the fringes of the squad.
So it will be interesting to see how close Palace are prepared to go to get a deal done.
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