ARSENAL have told Newcastle to stump up £25million for Ainsley Maitland-Niles – after rejecting Wolves’ cheeky £15m offer.
The Gunners are looking for top dollar for their young Academy star, who was man-of-the-match in yesterday’s Community Shield win over Liverpool.
Newcastle have been told to pay £25million for Arsenal’s versatile player Ainsley Maitland-Niles[/caption]
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Spurs boss Jose Mourinho also wants the versatile 23-year-old, called up for the first time by England boss Gareth Southgate this week.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reshaping his squad and believes he can use the money from Maitland-Niles to fund other recruits.
But that figure could scare off the Magpies.
Toon boss Steve Bruce also wants Arsenal central defender Rob Holding in year-long loan deal.
But he could now instead focus on a loan deal for Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster
Maitland-Niles can play on either flank in defence or midfield.
He has clocked up over 100 appearances for the Gunners since his breakthrough season in 2014/15.
Arteta is trying to tie up deals for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and £27m Lille centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes.
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He also hopes striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign a new long-term £250,000-a-week deal.
Wolves want to use the £15m they got from Spurs for Matt Doherty to bring in new players.
But the two clubs will have to go much higher than they had hoped, if the they plan on landing Maitland-Niles, claim The Telegraph.