Maitland-Niles wants out

For the second time in two transfer windows, Ainsley Maitland Niles has told Arsenal that he wants to leave the club.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles reportedly unhappy with his Arsenal game time this season.

— (@Football_LDN) December 10, 2021

The 24-year-old nearly left the club in the summer, with a move to Everton lined up. However, Arsenal pulled the plug for an unknown reason, leading to a public spat.

🚨 Ainsley Maitland-Niles on Instagram 🚨

— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 30, 2021

But the midfielder has not seen much gametime this season, and could be set to depart just six months after being forced to stay.

Transfer fee potential revealed

And now, as per the Daily Mail, the Gunners could be looking at a transfer windfall come the summer.

Roma are allegedly keen on adding the 24-year-old to their ranks come the January transfer window.

AS Roma are in advanced talks to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan with buy option from Arsenal, as confirmed by @DiMarzio. 🔴🤝 #ASRoma #AFC

Negotiations ongoing – talks opened few days ago as reported on last @podcastherewego episode on Thursday. 🇮🇹

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 26, 2021

According to the English outlet, the initial deal will be a six-month loan move to begin with, accompanied by an option to buy the player in the summer. And while Roma will pay 600k to make the initial loan, they will also have a price-tag set at 8.4 million pounds in the summer, which would take the total deal to 9 million pounds.

It is less than the reported fee the Gunners turned down for his services previously, but it does at least add some money back into the free-spending club’s coffers.

Will they target a replacement midfielder in the rest of the transfer window?

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