Arsenal consider using Maitland-Niles in a swap deal with Premier league side

Arsenal is keen on adding Ruben Neves to their squad and a new report claims that the Gunners could include Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the deal.

The Englishman spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom as they struggled to survive Premier League relegation.

They ultimately got relegated, but he was one of their regular starters and he got the required experience.

His return to Arsenal doesn’t mean they will guarantee him playing time for next season and that could see him leave the club.

The Gunners are set to cash in on Granit Xhaka as AS Roma remains persistent in their bid to sign him.

The Swiss midfielder would need to be replaced if he leaves and the Gunners have identified Neves as a player who could replace him.

Wolves will not allow him to leave them for a cheap fee and The Express says Arsenal could include Maitland-Niles as a sweetener in their offer for the Portuguese star.

The Midlands side wanted to sign Maitland-Niles in the last summer transfer window but couldn’t pull off the transfer.

He might still be of interest to them and Arsenal wants to take advantage of that to offload him and acquire Neves.

Tags Ainsley Maitland-Niles Ruben Neves


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  1. Grandad says:

    Use him and Nketiah as a means of acquiring Biss ouma.Brighton badly need a striker and AMN could be a direct replacement for Bis souma.

    1. 03 gooner says:

      Bissouma would be perfect but in January we would lose pretty much our whole midfield to the African nations Cup so maybe go for lokonga and neves(ainsley+£10-15m) as xhaka’s replacement plus mat pereira for no.10 alongside partey elneny and willock? midfield options looking pretty healthy.

      1. Grandad says:

        Lokonga,yes, Neves, no thanks.The AFCON tournament will affect a number of teams in the EPL not only Arsenal.A longer term view must be considered when investing in new players.

      2. Fireworks says:

        The african cup of nations tournament has been shifted to june instead of January. The only exception is the 2022 edition which will be held in January 2022 due to the searing heat in June in the host country cameroon at that time of the year. The point being, the complaints about players going for afcon will be a one off only affecting the year 2022.

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  2. Kalesh says:

    Can someone explain why we still keep Elneny and letting AMN leave?? AMN barely given a chance in the middle. what is the point in keeping Elneny??

  3. Frankie says:

    I am sorry to say, you have the most irritative transfer policy in the whole world. You keep talking and talking concerning your targeted players without any action. You keep talking and speculating until the players and snap by other clubs who knows what they want. This is your same routing every year. #Kroenke OUT.

  4. Sean says:

    Niles to Wolves plus what £10m for Neves?

    Nketiah to Brighton plus what £20m for Bissouma?

    Not a bad idea but do they actually want our players? As stated above Brightion need a striker, a young & English with massive potential sell on value maybe might entice them, Bissouma wants Arsenal we all know that up to Arsenal to make the move when Xhaka Leaves for Roma today.

    Neves is a difficult one, is he what we need but could get him alot cheaper if they still want Niles, same as above potential is high with big sell on fees of he excels. I would personally put 1st refusal on both contracts if they do become superstars!!

    Still need the £30m to get these players so Matteo to Marseille for £13m I read somewhere then we need Licas Torreira to gather up £15m+ from some club.

    If this happens I would be delighted but dont see us doing much with all this ownership takeover going on.

  5. Abdul iliyasu salifu says:

    Use AMN to swap for Matheus Pereira simple.

    Bissuoma is a must if Arsenal is serious. AFCON should not a problem at all.Because players who play in AFCON miss only matches that is if their team get to the finals.sometimes they don’t even qualify from group stage.

    Salah and Mane are so important to Liverpool but they played AFCON and still won trophy.

    Drodga and Essien at Chelsea always played in AFCON and nothing happened.

    Sometimes we lose players due to injuries for a long time than the time they spent on AFCON.

    Arsenal should be smart in the market and buy players from EPL this time.

  6. Abdul iliyasu salifu says:

    Players who go to AFCON may miss 4 weeks that is if they play finals.

  7. jon fox says:

    iF WE ARE PREPARED TO PAY £40MILL either in cash or part cash, part swap, for Neves, then we are overpaying for a nothing special player. His stats in assists and goals at Wolves are negligible since their promotion.

    1. Bobs says:

      Thought you don’t use stat to judge players.

      Though I don’t want Neves either.

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