Arsenal respond to Wolves’ bid of below £20m for Ainsley Maitland-Niles

The defender has attracted much interest (Picture: Getty Images)

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.

Maitland-Niles claimed his first piece of silverware with the FA Cup win (Picture: Getty Images)

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…