German club joins the list of clubs looking to sign Arsenal star

Ainsley Maitland-Niles might not struggle to find a new team after Arsenal put him up for sale and the midfielder may even leave the country.

He has been placed on the transfer list by the Gunners as they seek to raise funds for Mikel Arteta to sign players in this transfer window.

The manager wants him to stay after he made more than 30 appearances for the club in the just-concluded season.

However, he is one player who doesn’t have a fixed position in the first team and he will also present some value to them in the transfer market after having a fine season.

Tottenham is leading a number of London sides in their bid to land him, but Sky Sports is claiming that an unnamed German team is also preparing a bid for him.

Germany has been a happy hunting ground for some of England’s young players in recent seasons and the success being enjoyed by Jadon Sancho in the Bundesliga might convince even more players to seek a move to that competition, Maitland-Niles might just become the next.

It remains unclear how much the Gunners will eventually make from his sale, but they hope to make around £30 million claims the report.

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11 Comments

  1. jon fox says:

    IDEALLY WE SHOULD NOT SELL AMN.
    In the real world however, when the team needs a major rehaul and many need to go and many new ones arrive, the more financially valuable but not indispensible players are likely to be used to refinance our incomings. As I say, not ideal. But thanks to Kroenke, Gazidis and Wenger we are far from living in an ideal world.
    I choose always to live in a world of realism, whether ideal or not and in this case, even though sadly, it is not!

  2. Trudeau says:

    No argument about the need to raise funds to bring in quality. I just think there are others that are more dispensable and can bring in the money – Torreira, Guendouzi, Bellerin and Mustafi for example. I guess it depends just how much is required.

    1. Mobella says:

      Trudeau, it looks like Cebellos won’t be coming back. Add Guen and Torreria that report said he would love the idea of going back to Italy, that is 3 players who can play in the midfield out of the club and I think it would be a bad move to sell Niles atm. Give him a season in the middle of park and see what he can do. I never want us to renew Cebellos loan anyway. Why should we keep developing another clubs player, besides we are short on transfer fund and paying between 5-10m for a player on loan is wastage. Add 30m to that will get us Party that we wanted.

      1. ozziegunner says:

        👍 👍 👍 So true! AMN should be retained before those named.

  3. Grandad says:

    Is it not ironic and hugely frustrating that an academy graduate is a far more marketable than players like Torreria, Mustafi, Sokratis and indeed Xhaka, who between them cost over 100m.The fact that this talented player is highly rated by his Manager merely adds to the feelings of dismay at the potential loss of a player who could well be a viable solution in midfield if only he were given an opportunity.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Grandad, how often do people and businesses undervalue those they have around them and see outsiders as being better? It’s like when voluntary redundancies are offered; those who put their hands up are those that know they can get another job. The malingerers keep their heads down and hide in the corner.

  4. ken1945 says:

    Interestingly, AMN joined the club at the age of 6 in 2003, then on the 24/10/2014 signed his first professional contract – thanks to the vision of Arsene Wenger.

    Now his successors, in regards to the selling and buying of players, are ignoring the wishes of our current coach, by cashing in on one of our youth players.

    Surely it’s time to give the man in charge of team selection, tactics and morale the final decision on who he wants to keep and sell?

    We can all see exactly WHAT it was that AW and MA saw in AMN, to let him leave will be one of the biggest mistakes this “new regime” has made… in my opinion.

    1. GJ (GunnerJack, shortened) says:

      Grandad and Ken – you are both absolutely spot on. Been saying this for ages so let’s hope it comes to pass.
      Selling Xhaka would be a huge move in the right direction and so we’d have a brand new midfield duo – AMN plus one other. Partey perhaps? Willian/ESR in more advanced position in front of them?

    2. ozziegunner says:

      Ken, thy didn’t do it for Unai Emery and given the situation with AMN, Mikel Arteta is not faring any better thus far. Time will tell.

  5. Henry Chimere says:

    My heart bleeds at the very possibility of the club wanting to sell AMN. The young man is talented just that he has not been given chances that others like Mattheo and others have been getting. AMN has it all. We need to keep him

  6. Declan says:

    It will be a travesty if AMN leaves us, especially if it’s to spurs or hammers. Another good player who will come back to haunt us similar to Gnabry.

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