In a repeat of the summer window, AS Roma are struggling to complete a deal for an Arsenal player – Ainsley Maitland-Niles this time.
This time around, Corriere della Sera (via RomaNews) are reporting that there’s still no agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Arsenal are reportedly adamant they won’t accept less than €15m for Maitland-Niles’ purchase clause, whilst Roma want to pay €10m.
The same two teams were in the same type of negotiation in the summer. At that point, Roma wanted to sign Granit Xhaka, and they were willing to pay €15m, but Arsenal held out for €20m.
Roma repeatedly refused to up their bid, so they missed out on the player, with Xhaka signing a contract extension at Arsenal.
Now, with Maitland-Niles available for the same amount of money Roma offered for Xhaka, they’re trying to undercut Arsenal’s valuation once again.
Perhaps there’s more belief on Roma’s side this time that Maitland-Niles will force a move through.
Xhaka was clearly willing to stay at Arsenal, signing a contract extension in the end, but maybe the same can’t be said for the England international.
Football.London report that Ainsley Maitland-Niles is keen to leave Arsenal in the January transfer window.
Whilst all the reports so far have centred on a loan with an option to buy, Football.London claim the deal could even include an obligation clause. This is backed up by Calciomercato who claim the sides are also struggling to agree the number of appearances which would trigger any obligation.
Gianluigi Longari is one of a few in Italy to claim Maitland-Niles has an agreement on personal terms with Roma.
But the club-to-club agreement remains out of reach, for now.