According to transfer experts Fabrizio Romano and Gianluca Di Marzio, AS Roma will sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal when the transfer window opens in January.
The England international was wanted by Everton this summer but saw a move to Goodison Park scuttled by Mikel Arteta who felt the versatile midfielder could still come in handy this season.
While the 24-year-old appeared in five consecutive Premier League games between late August and early October and earned praise from the boss in November, he has barely glanced since and is known to be frustrated by another extended stay on the sidelines. .
Negotiations ongoing – talks started a few days ago, as last reported @podcastherewego Thursday episode. ??
-Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 26, 2021
By allowing Maitland-Niles to leave for Italy at a time when Mo Elneny and Thomas Partey are due to travel to the Africa Cup of Nations, Arsenal would be taking some risk although Arteta has indicated that young Charlie Patino could get minutes if needed. and there is always the possibility that we can sign a replacement.
Roma, who chased Granit Xhaka over the summer to retreat from Arsenal’s asking price, are said to have an option to buy Maitland-Niles this summer.
The academy graduate is under contract in the Emirates until 2023, so this would be an optimal time to cash in.