Arsenal are set to receive up to €1m to loan Ainsley Maitland-Niles to AS Roma without an option or obligation to buy, according to reports.
After plenty of debate over whether Ainsley Maitland-Niles would join AS Roma with an option to buy or an obligation, ESPN’s James Olley was the first to report on Tuesday that it would be neither.
Within hours, the situation had advanced again. Olley added that the deal was agreed, and a formal announcement was expected in due course.
David Ornstein confirmed the news, revealing that a medical is expected in the UK within 48 hours. Though personal terms are still to be finalised, they won’t be an issue.
In his article on The Athletic, Ornstein explained that Roma want Maitland-Niles permanently. That’s why they made the initial offer with an option to buy, and they’re still planning to make a bid for Maitland-Niles when they can raise some money this summer.
But for now, Arsenal are only willing to accept a straight loan, so the midfielder’s permanent future will have to wait.
Fabrizio Romano writes that Arsenal will receive a €500k loan fee plus €500k in bonuses from AS Roma, with Maitland-Niles’ full salary to be paid by Roma. The paperwork was reportedly signed last night.
This could be a positive outcome for all involved. Maitland-Niles should get the regular minutes he wants, and a chance to win a permanent transfer to a good club in AS Roma.
Roma get their man and know they’ll have another chance to do a deal in the summer, and Arsenal get some money now as they hope Maitland-Niles’ loan will turn out like Joe Willock’s last season.
The only real negative is that Maitland-Niles is leaving now, rather than at the end of January.
Arsenal could really have used the player for another week and a half, and they’ll have to face the upcoming fixture congestion with only a couple of central midfielders. Perhaps the potential Liverpool postponement will help on that front.