Ainsley Maitland-Niles ‘prepares to leave Arsenal this summer as Gunners Academy product accepts top-tier Premier League clubs consider him a right-back with Wolves, Leicester and Southampton interested in versatile star’
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles is preparing to say goodbye to Arsenal this summer
- The 23-year-old joined the club at the age of 5 and has worked his way into the first team
- However, it was difficult to get regular minutes and he plays right back
- According to reports, Maitland-Niles accepts that top clubs see him as a defender
- Wolves, Leicester and Southampton are all reportedly interested in the star
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is reportedly planning to leave Arsenal this summer and end his 18-year journey in North London if the Englishman is determined to find regular football in the first team.
The 23-year-old missed Gareth Southgate’s last England squad for last month’s international games, having previously been in the Three Lions camp.
Maitland-Niles, who was loaned out at West Bromwich Albion in January, served as a right back for the Gunners, while Baggies boss Sam Allardyce used him in midfield.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is preparing to leave Arsenal this summer after 18 years at the club
The 23-year-old sees himself as a midfielder, but has been used as a right back for Arsenal
And The Telegraph reports that while Maitland-Niles sees himself as a midfielder, there is an acceptance that top clubs see him as a right back, while the Englishman sees an exit this summer.
Arsenal received a £ 20 million offer last summer for the 23-year-old from Wolves, with Nuno Espirito Santo admiring Maitland-Niles’ versatility to play in a number of positions – a quality that also includes Romain Saiss and Leander Dendoncker. to have. demonstrate.
Maitland-Niles has two more years to go with his current deal and the same report outlines that, without currently having any plans to extend his stay, the Arsenal academy product could part with the club he joined as a five-year-old .
According to reports, Maitland-Niles accepts that top clubs see him as a defender
Wolves are among a handful of clubs interested, with its versatility an admirable quality
Wolves are expected to be interested in Maitland-Niles again in the coming period, while Leicester City and Southampton are also excited.
The Arsenal star’s homegrown status could entice other notable names to come in for him, with Manchester United reportedly seeking cover at the right back.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has started preparations to join right back this summer. Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi has been watched as long-sitting defender Hector Bellerin could leave the club.
Arsenal could charge a hefty fee for Maitland-Niles, with its versatility an asset that could push its price up.
Maitland-Niles is currently on loan to West Brom, where he is played as a midfielder