MAIT’S RATE Arsenal reject Wolves’ £15m bid for Ainsley Maitland-Niles as they hold out on £20m

Sky Sports claims Nuno Espirito Santo is eager to bring the versatile 22-year-old to Molineux this summer.

MAIT'S RATE Arsenal reject Wolves’ £15m bid for Ainsley Maitland-Niles as they hold out on £20m

Arsenal have rejected a £15m bid from Wolves for Ainsley Maitland-Niles Credit: Getty – Pool

And the Portuguese tactician launched a £15m offer just one day after Maitland-Niles started in Arsenal’s 4-1 friendly win over MK Dons.

However, the Gunners are said to have turned down the bid.

The two sides apparently remain locked in talks though.

And Arsenal have told Wolves they will need to up the fee to at least £20m.

Maitland-Niles would be an extremely handy option for the Midlands side due his versatility.

The Englishman’s main position is central midfield but he can also play as a wing-back on either side of a three-man defence.

Wolves need reinforcements on the flanks with left-sider Jonny Otto out for up to nine months following an anterior cruciate ligament injury picked up against Olympiakos in the Europa League.

Tottenham are also threatening to pinch right-back Matt Doherty in an audacious raid.

And Adama Traore, who usually plays further forward but can operate in the wing-back role, is thought to be a target for both Liverpool and Man City.

Wolves could do with a new central midfielder too after youngster Morgan Gibbs-White joined Swansea on loan despite penning a new three-year contract.

Maitland-Niles played 32 games in all competitions last season and was thought to have a bright future at the Emirates.

But it seems Mikel Arteta is happy to cash in as he already has four wing-backs plus plenty to choose from in the centre of the park.


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