Newcastle interest – Should Arsenal accept a loan-to-buy deal for Maitland-Niles?

Newcastle is one of the teams that are interested in Ainsley Maitland-Niles but the Magpies don’t have the money to complete the move permanently. But they are looking to make an interesting offer to Arsenal, according to the Mail Online.

It appears that Maitland–Niles has been told that he will be sold if any team offers the right amount for his signature this summer.

He gradually became an important member of the Arsenal first-team just before the end of the season and played a key role as they won the FA Cup. However, the Gunners need money to strengthen their team and they reportedly plan to sell him and other valuable players to boost their transfer kitty.

Newcastle United and Wolves have both been linked with the Englishman, but Arsenal’s supposed £20m asking price will swallow Steve Bruce’s entire transfer budget and the Magpies are looking to him on an initial loan deal. The report claims that they will take him on loan with an obligation to buy at the end of the loan period if Arsenal agrees.

This is an interesting offer but one that Arsenal shouldn’t accept, because the only reason why he has been put up for sale is so that the club can raise funds, but obviously if a cash buyer doesn’t come in before the window shuts then Arteta could consider it…



  1. No more loans! AMN is a young player, with potential, so it shouldn’t be hard to sell him, if that’s what the club decides.

  2. Not a chance,we need the cash and if we can’t get it we should keep him at the club,other clubs are not doing us any favours do why should we?

    1. Need to think about the homegrown rule. We currently have 9 but 3 of those are goalkeepers (Martinez, Mackey and iliev), 2 of the 8 have yet to break into the first team Sheaf and Osei-Tutu. Getting shot of Bellerin, AMN, Chambers or Holding makes no sense to me. Next year will a different kettle of fish when we will have lots of players transitioning from u21 to homegrown status.

      Much better to focus on shifting mustafi, sokratis, ozil, elneny and mkhitaryan. That would get £750k a week off the wage bill.

      1. Atid, totally agree, but would add Kolasinac as a priority to free up £100k+ from the wage bill.
        I would rather sell Bellerin, so he can pursue his modeling career on the catwalks of Milan, Rome, Paris or Madrid. AMN is also home grown, better defensively, less injury prone and more versatile than Bellerin and does not pine for Spain.

  3. We sold young Gnabry, we are now ripping regrets. If Gnabry was given much opportunity like Joe Willock Arsenal would gained more in terms of millions of $s.
    No Ains should not be sold. Willock and Bellerin should be sold. Nelson loaned out again while Emile Smith-Row should be brought in.

    1. Fidel, we had no option but to sell Gnabry.
      He was offered a new contract, but refused to accept the offer.
      As for AMN, still waiting for the club to confirm he is for sale, just as they did with mustafi – no sign of that yet.

      1. ken1945

        Do you know when Arsenal offered the contract to Gnabry? I only ask, because Arsenal consistently left these things to the very last minute, so they obviously would have had to sell given he may have only had 6/12 months left on his contract. So if Arsenal had no option to sell, it would have been the fault of the two key players at Arsenal at the time, Wenger and Gazidis.

        Before you have a go at me for supposed agenda against Wenger, I’ll point you towards some fantastic examples of the same thing happening over and over during his tenure, as factual evidence: Ramsey, Walcott, Ozil, RVP, Alexis, and so on.


  5. If it is true that AMN has decided to stay after having talks with MA and that now Raul has gone, it must be some really, really good offer to sell him now.

    If he wants to play for us and have a good career than he has to play RB and sell HB who is up for a new challenge anyway, then its down to AMN and Cedric for the position, which i do feel will be AMN.

    Martinez / Leno
    AMN – Saliba – Gabriel – KT

    That’s how i see us lining up eventually, some need time to adjust so don’t expect it to start out that way, but I’ll be happy with that

    1. 👍 And Val a selling price of £20 million is a joke for a player of AMN’s age, experience and versatility.

  6. The fact that so many teams are interested in ANM tells me our valuation of the player is too low. His valuation should be closer to that of Wan-Bissaka or Iwobi. I would put his valuation somewhere close to 35M.

  7. NO WAY. AMN stays where he is. Simple. AMN has a real footballing brain unlike the one dimensional AWB and Chillwel

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