ARSENAL star Ainsley Maitland-Niles has reportedly accepted his Arsenal career is over.
The utility player has barely featured under boss Mikel Arteta with The Athletic reporting that he “senses a lack of trust in him” from the boss.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is poised to leave Arsenal to find regular first-team football[/caption]
The 22-year-old came through the club’s academy, but “would welcome the chance to explore a fresh opportunity away from his boyhood club”.
There is believed to be interest from other clubs in England and Germany for the versatile star.
Maitland-Niles has a contract that runs until the summer of 2023, but he thinks “it would be best for both parties if a resolution was found” for him to leave the club.
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Last month SunSport exclusively revealed that the Gunners are willing to sell Maitland-Niles to bring in funds for new faces — but want a staggering £20million.
Boss Arteta may also sacrifice some of the young players who are already attracting interest in the transfer market.
Emile Smith Rowe is fancied by a few, but it would also take a big offer to shift the 19-year-old prospect who has been on loan at Huddersfield this season.
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Arsenal need the cash to put together an improved contract offer for skipper and strike star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang — or find his replacement.
They are keen on Celtic’s French striker Odsonne Edouard but his valuation is around £30m, so either option will be difficult.
Everton, Leicester and Crystal Palace all want Edouard too and his auction will stretch the resources of the chasing pack.