Arsenal have reportedly rebuffed Wolves’ offer of below £20 million for defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles, with other clubs also lining up bids.
The 22-year-old joined Arsenal’s academy at the age of six and has risen through the ranks, becoming a key part of Mikel Arteta’s first team squad.
Despite some early concerns over his work rate when the ex-Manchester City coach first took the job, Maitland-Niles stormed back to play pivotal roles in FA Cup wins over Manchester City in the semis and again in the final against Chelsea.
As Arteta plots his summer overhaul, there are many in the squad that could make way to raise funds for further incoming signings.
The Gunners have a plethora of defenders on their books, with Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares and the injured Calum Chambers all able to play in the right-back position, where Maitland-Niles has mostly been deployed.
According to the Athletic’s David Ornstein, Wolves tested the waters with an offer below £20 million for Maitland-Niles, which was…