Arsenal have been unable to find a buyer for Nottingham Forest-linked player Ainsley Maitland-Niles, reports The Sun. The Gunners had hoped to raise over £50 million by selling several first-team players during the summer.
It was claimed earlier this summer that Maitland-Niles was on the radar of Forest. It has since been claimed that Steve Cooper wasn’t overly keen to add the player who Arsenal are now seemingly desperate to get rid of.
Maitland-Niles has been an Arsenal player for his whole career. He’s made 132 appearances since rising through the Hale End academy and has also spent time on loan with Ipswich, West Bromwich Albion and Roma.
Most recently he was with the Serie A outfit. He helped them win the inaugural UEFA Conference League, making 12 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s team.
Now, he appears to be on the Arsenal scrapheap. Mikel Arteta has bought well this summer but he’d hoped to raise more in outgoing transfer fees by selling Maitland-Niles and a host of other surplus players.
Forest will perhaps still have the versatile player on their shortlist. Cooper, however, has prioritised other targets, with Neco Williams signing at right-back and two new central midfielders being added to the ranks.
Arsenal unable to find buyer for Maitland-Niles
It’s difficult to see why Maitland-Niles can’t find a club to take him. He’s young, versatile and ultimately, he’s still got bags of potential.
Forest may yet move as the window ticks along. Cooper would perhaps need convincing though, with previous reports suggesting he wasn’t keen.
Maitland-Niles has looked decent at both Roma and West Brom on loan. He’s a progressive ball carrier in midfield and his pace makes him a useful wing-back option.
Forest could still do with some cover in all areas. Signing a player like Maitland-Niles would certainly give depth in a number of areas on the pitch.
On £48,000-a-week, the Arsenal man would likely expect to earn an increase in wages should he leave. If the right deal could be struck, however, he could prove a very tidy addition.