Manchester United weighing up an audacious swoop on Arsenal

Sports1, as cited by the Express, is claiming that Manchester United are closing in on a surprising move for Arsenal versatile star, Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The Englishman has been one of the key members of the team under Mikel Arteta with the Spanish manager trusting him to perform in games against the top Premier League sides.

His fine showing for the Gunners earned him a maiden England callup in the last international window.

He has continued to be an important part of the club’s current first-team setup, but Arsenal needs money to complete deals for other players.

They had initially placed him on the transfer market before removing him following a very fine start to the season.

The report claims Manchester United are set to land him for 22m euros within the next few hours and that the transfer was already 80 percent done.

Maitland-Niles is one of the most versatile members of the current Arsenal team and it is bothering that the Gunners will want to sell him.

However, with money currently holding up deals for the likes of Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, and no team coming for the other players that the club wants to sell, it is understandable.

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15 Comments

  1. Kev82 says:

    Thomas Partey played tonight for Atletico and had a 7.9 rating so I can’t see him leaving and I can’t see Aouar coming either unless something drastically changes!

    1. jon fox says:

      Aoure will be coming and I HAVE BET SUBSTANTIAL MONEY ON THAT BEING DONE THIS WINDOW. PARTEY IS MUCH LESS LIKELY, THOUGH STILL POSSIBLE.

      1. Kev82 says:

        I hope so jon, I don’t like being negative but the clock is ticking. You are more confident than I am as I wouldn’t have bet on it.

        1. jon fox says:

          Kev I almost offered you a private bet but felt bad at knowing I would be taking money off a keen fellow Gooner.

          Think about what has happened already via Aoure. We have had a bid turned down, proving we badly want him. He is just 22 and proven quality, in a creative midfield position we desperately need and under normal circumstances at £45-£50 mill would be good value, but for the Covid factor reducing all fees.

          Feverish attempts to sell our deadwood are ongoing in order to raise money and it is certain we will make a higher offer and he has said he wants to come . Also MA is already impressing players and fans alike, not merely at Arsenal but across thefootball world.

          To my sober reasoning mind this all adds up to a near certain capture for us before this window shuts.

          HENCE MY ABOVE POST AND SUBSTANTIAL BET. I AM EXTREMELY CONFIDENT OF WINNING THOUGH THE ODDS WERE POORER THAN I HAD HOPED. Actually I made that bet too late in the day to get good odds.

      2. A J says:

        Jon.

        You will be collecting on your bet 100%

        The drinks are on you !

        For Partey read … Diawara.

    2. ACE says:

      If TP is convinced his future lies in the Spanish capital
      than why hasn’t he accepted AM’s most recent
      extension offer? He wants Arsenal and Team Simeone
      have no control over his future if the board gives MA
      the green light to trigger his release clause.

      Its 100% in Arsenal’s hands

      1. Kev82 says:

        You’re right Ace if we activate his release clause but that looks very unlikely right now! If they wanted him so bad they would have paid the reported 45 million already as Atletico want the full release clause paid, no negotiations. We will see soon though.

      2. A J says:

        Ace .

        The problem here ……

        ” If the board gives MA
        the green light to trigger his release clause”

        All funds raised are to go in the Aouar pot.

        The exception being if we can convince A Madrid to buy Lucas outright , or at least an obligation to buy.

        By the way “trigger” seems to be the in word tonight 😊

  2. Dave says:

    Yeah right, aren’t United trying to get rid of average players like him already? Can’t see any top 6 team being interested in him

  3. Almaria says:

    KEEP MAITLAND NILES

  4. A J says:

    I must have missed something regarding AMN ?

    Just don’t see it myself.

    Sorry.

  5. Tony says:

    Sell Maitland Niles!
    Another player who if he is the level that we are trying to achieve, we simply have no ambition.
    Snap Manures hand off!!

  6. Iykmatt says:

    Sell him now before it’s too late,he is not that productive(doesn’t score nor assist goals&he is not rock solid in shielding our defence)…so €22m is ok rather than sell him for less or nothing in the near future

  7. vieiralynn says:

    AMN is a problem…he clearly can produce from a defensive perspective on the rare occasion, but that certainly doesn’t justify keeping him if someone is silly enough to pony-up some serious cake for him…I get that some might be concerned that this will be another player that comes good once he’s gone elsewhere, but he’s shown no ability to provide the necessary service to our forwards yet continues to venture into the final third far too often, like his last outing against Pool…from what I’ve observed he will never be a centerpiece player so he must be sold in order to help bankroll much more imperative acquisitions…that said, if the money isn’t going to be used for that purpose then they should focus on shipping out other deadwood first…either way, it’s time to start being ruthless, sentiment be damned

  8. amo says:

    Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar , how good are they? playing in EPL is not easier and selling a promising player to fund such plan is a reflection of poor or lack of planning. why can’t the team focus on long term planning?

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