West Bromwich Albion and a top-four Premier League side are pushing to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan in the next few days.
The Athletic report that West Brom are pushing hard to sign Maitland-Niles on loan, but they have competition. One of the sides in the current top four (Manchester City, Manchester United, Leicester City, and Liverpool) are also in the mix.
Arsenal would seemingly prefer the player to go to the top-four side, for a more similar style of football, but the side in question need to complete other business first before they can finalise a move for Maitland-Niles.
The 23-year-old himself is prioritising regular games, to boost his chances of joining the England squad at the Euros this summer.
Despite making 21 appearances for Arsenal this season, Maitland-Niles has only started five Premier League games, and only one of the recent run of good results since Boxing Day.
It’s always harder to break into a side that’s doing well, so if the England international isn’t in Mikel Arteta’s first-choice (or even second-choice) lineup already, his concerns about minutes between now and May are justified.
The Mirror reported on Thursday that Arsenal and Maitland-Niles were considering a loan move, and Arteta said in his press conference:
“Yes, it is a concern when there is international football involved as well and the chance to reach that opportunity (to play at the Euros).
“I understand that Ainsley wants more minutes and what he needs to do is fight, train and challenge his teammates and show us that he can be one of our starters.”