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Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Manchester United: £20m transfer, Solskjaer’s stance, what Arteta said

Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been linked with a shock move to Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are desperate for reinforcements to the squad with time running out in the summer transfer window.

Maitland-Niles, 23, has played five times so far this season and that included making his England debut in the Nations League fixture with Denmark earlier this month.

The midfielder has played more than 100 games for the Gunners having come through the ranks but could his time be nearing an end?

Here’s what has been reported about the move so far.

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’80 per cent done’

According to Sport1, the deal to take Maitland-Niles from the Emirates to Old Trafford is 80 per cent done.

The report says the transfer could be announced in ‘the next few days.’

£20m fee

Any move for the player will not come cheap, with the player still having three years left on his current contract.

The report in Sport1 says United are prepared to pay around £20million for Maitland-Niles.

Other United transfer targets

The Red Devils are being linked with a range of names as they try and keep up with their Premier League rivals in the transfer market.

So far, Solskjaer has only brought in Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek.

Other players said to be on their radar include Jadon Sancho, Ismaila Sarr, Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Ousmane Dembele.

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Report denied

The Manchester Evening News are reporting on Wednesday morning there is nothing in the rumour linking Maitland-Niles with United.

The report goes on to say FC Porto’s Telles is the Reds’ no.1 target for filling the full-back position.

The club are working on bringing in three players before Monday’s deadline.

Other clubs interested

Wolves had been strongly linked with Maitland-Niles earlier in the window.

Arsenal rejected a…