Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has had his say on Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ potential exit.
Earlier in the week, Sky Sports, reported that there had been positive talks between the Gunners and Wolves over a permanent deal for the versatile midfielder, and a transfer could be finalised this week.
However, the same publication reported on Wednesday that Wolves’ opening offer of £15m had been rejected.
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And that bid came after Maitland-Niles featured in Arsenal’s pre-season win over MK Dons – a game in which he started at left-wing back once again.
In addition, the aforementioned report states that the north London outfit are holding out for at least £20m.
Arteta has made no secret that he’s a fan of the 22-year-old and spoke about the midfielder’s future ahead of this weekend’s Community Shield clash with Liverpool on Saturday.
“Yes, we are reading a lot of news about our players which is not bad that other clubs want him but with Ainsley, he’s a player that I’ve said since I joined that I really like,” Arteta said.
“The best way to show that is that I have played him in the most important games of the season and he responded really well, so that’s where we are with the player.”
Then when asked if he would you be open to Maitland-Niles leaving, Arteta responded by saying:
“I am always open to listening to what the player is feeling at every stage of their career and then I can give them my opinion of how I see them, what I expect from them and if we have the right understanding, then we have to move forward together.
“If there is something that doesn’t work then we have to assess it with the player and the club and then find the right decision for both of them.”
With that said, selling Maitland-Niles would generate some much-needed funds for Arteta.
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