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Man Utd respond to Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles transfer rumours

Could the Gunners be forced to cash in on the versatile young defender? (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United have been linked with a shock £20million move for Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles, though the club have reportedly flatly denied the rumours.

The Red Devils are in desperate need of reinforcements having made just one signing this summer – Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek – while Arsenal need to raise funds in order to pursue their top transfer targets.

Maitland-Niles was expected to be sacrificed as a result, coming close to joining Wolves in a £30m deal earlier in the summer, though Mikel Arteta opted to keep hold of the 23-year-old.

Maitland-Niles came close to joining Wolves earlier this year (Picture: Getty Images)

But since then Arsenal have struggled to find buyers for their other surplus-to-requirements players, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi and Calum Chambers yet to be sold.

With Arteta desperate to land either Lyon’s Houssem Aouar or Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey, the Arsenal boss may have been forced into a U-turn over Maitland-Niles.

On Wednesday, reports in Germany via Sport1 emerged claiming United had…