Crystal Palace have joined the race to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to the Daily Mail, amid uncertainty over the Arsenal man’s future at the Emirates.
As noted by the Mail, it could be an incredibly busy summer at Selhurst Park. The report claims that 12 players are out of contract at the end of the campaign.
And according to the Daily Mail, one of the players the Eagles could be interested in signing is Maitland-Niles.
The 23-year-old is currently on loan at West Brom. But it appears that his return to Arsenal in the summer could be a brief one.
According to a report from The Telegraph last week, Maitland-Niles is planning to leave the Emirates at the end of the season.
It was noted in that report that his contract has just over two years left to run. So it is apparently set to be deemed the right time for Maitland-Niles – who earns £35,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – to move on permanently.
The Telegraph suggested that the likes of Wolves, Leicester and Southampton are expected to make a move.
Palace can now reportedly be added to the list of admirers.
TBR View: Arsenal would be right to cash in
Arsenal’s form since Maitland-Niles’s departure has been extremely mixed. They have won five, drawn three and lost five in all competitions.
Nevertheless, there still does not appear to be a sense that the Gunners made a mistake loaning him out. He has been bright with the Baggies. But he has not made Mikel Arteta look foolish by any means.
So this summer could certainly be the right time to cash in.
Judging by the early reports, there may well be plenty of offers to pick from.