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Arsenal and Man Utd respond to Ainsley Maitland-Niles transfer link

Both Arsenal and Manchester United have reportedly rubbished claims from Germany that Ainsley Maitland-Niles is close to making the move to Old Trafford.

Sport1 reporter Florian Plettenburg wrote on Twitter: “To my information #MUFC wants @MaitlandNiles! Deal and paperwork’s are up to 80% already.

“Transfer with the English national should be completed in the next days (€22m + add ons). @ManUtd needs reinforcements.”

The move would be an unlikely one and separate reports citing sources at both Arsenal and United have claimed there is no truth to the rumour.

Goal say the Gunners have dismissed the report as “pure speculation, while the Manchester Evening News say United there is “nothing” in the claim.

Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been linked with a move to Man Utd but both clubs have claimed there is no truth to the rumour
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So far, United have made just one signing this window, bringing in midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax and former United defender Gary Neville has outlined where the club needs to strengthen, labelling their lack of business “appalling”.

Taking to Twitter, Neville wrote: “It’s appalling that in this market which is probably the easiest in PL history to get transfers done that United haven’t done more yet!

Gary Neville has urged the club to get some deals done

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