Arsenal man must agree new contract before leaving on loan as Southampton usurp Newcastle in pursuit
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is reportedly signing a new contract with Arsenal before leaving on loan, with Premier League sides lining up to sign him.
Maitland-Niles spent the second half of last season on loan at Roma. He made 12 appearances under Jose Mourinho at the Stadio Olimpico, mostly as a wing-back. However, he failed to register a single goal or an assist.
The Englishman hasn’t really impressed Mourinho or the Roma fans, and that has seen him spend much of his time on the bench.
Maitland-Niles is now back in North London with Arsenal. But he is free to leave the Gunners on loan as Mikel Arteta has other players he can use on the right side of defense or in central midfield.
Southampton began pushing for the signing of Maitland-Niles last week, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Their transfer pursuit was then threatened by Newcastle. According 90 minutes, the Magpies began talks with Arsenal chiefs on Tuesday over Maitland-Niles.
Eddie Howe needs right-back reinforcements after Emil Krafth’s ACL injury. And he sees Maitland-Niles as a good option.
Despite Newcastle’s push, it looks like Southampton are close to winning the race for the 25-year-old.
Saints set to capture Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Romano arrives with an update on his future and says Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team is conclusion of an agreement.
They will soon capture Maitland-Niles on loan with an option to buy, if he does well at St Mary’s.
The Saints are also in talks with the player and his agent on personal terms. Once these are sorted, Southampton will get to work arranging a medical.
Maitland-Niles’ current contract with Arsenal expires in June 2023. This means he would become a free agent after the loan from Southampton unless Arsenal act.
As such, they plan to offer him a new contract before he leaves for the South Coast. It means the Gunners should be able to recoup some money for Maitland-Niles if Southampton use their option to buy at the end of the season.
The versatile player will arrive at Southampton to compete with Kyle Walker-Peters and Yan Valery for a right-back spot. Hassenhuttl also has Tino Livramento in his squad, although the former Chelsea player is recovering from injury.
As Maitland-Niles can also operate in midfield, he will also strengthen Hasenhuttl’s options in the middle of the park. In the recent 2-1 win over Chelsea, Ibrahima Diallo played in a two-man midfield with Romeo Lavia. Skipper James Ward-Prowse has been selected in a more advanced midfield role.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa want to steer Arsenal and Liverpool away from player by offering him new termsaccording to a report.