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Everton and AS Roma interested in Maitland-Niles
Versatile Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles is once again the subject of transfer interest as the January window approaches, with former potential suitor Everton as well as Serie A giants AS Roma said to be keen on the England international.
Roma are interested in signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal.
The 24-year-old is believed to be on a list of players Roma are targeting for January but any deal is thought to be at an early stage.
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Both The Athletic and have made mention of the link through and , with the reliable pair citing Roma as being incredibly keen to bring in the Hale End Academy graduate on a loan deal in January.
Though no formal offer or terms have been sent or agreed upon between the Italian outfit and Arsenal, it would be a surprise if the England midfielder would turn down the chance to leave the club – at least on a temporary basis – given his distinct lack of minutes this season under Mikel Arteta.
Roma’s sporting director Tiago Pinto has contacted Arsenal with a view to making a loan move for the 24-year-old, with Maitland-Niles said to be open to the offer.
A stalled Arsenal career
Despite coming through the youth ranks in the red half of north London, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has hardly gone from strength to strength at in recent seasons.
AMN featured 20-times in the league for the Gunners in 2019-20 but only logged 485-minutes across 11-appearances last season, leading to a January loan to West Brom where he featured 15-times across ~1,200-minutes of action.
But an expected move away to Everton in the summer failed to materialize after boss Mikel Arteta convinced Maitland-Niles to stay at the club but minutes have not been afforded to the London-native, who sits firmly down the pecking order under Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Sambi Lokonga, and even Mohamed Elneny.
Should terms be struck with one – or both of – Everton and Roma, it seems unthinkable that Ainsley Maitland-Niles would pass on another chance to get what was once a budding career back on track.
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