According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Arsenal have rejected a bid for Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Wolves because they didn’t meet our asking price.
The Gunners are said to be holding out for £20 million for the versatile 22-year-old and would be willing to let him go as they look to bolster the funds available to Mikel Arteta for his squad rebuild. Two clubs in Germany are also monitoring the player’s situation.
In a sign that a move isn’t as imminent as first thought, Maitland-Niles started Arsenal’s 4-1 win over MK Dons last night as a left wing-back. In recent days, there have also been rumours that Hector Bellerin has been offered to Paris Saint-Germain.
Wolves made formal offer (below £20m) for Ainsley Maitland-Niles yesterday. Rejected by Arsenal as they seek higher fee for versatile 22yo. Among other interested clubs, 2 in Germany understood to be preparing bids. Background for @TheAthleticUK #WWFC #AFC https://t.co/CxhbX2McWn
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 26, 2020
While Cedric Soares is now a Gunner on a permanent basis, it seems hard to believe we’d let two potential right-backs leave unless we have a replacement lined up. If we were placing bets, we’d say Hector is far more likely to stay and that Wolves will end up getting their man.
In other news, Newcastle United are said to be interested in taking Rob Holding on loan for the season. The 24-year-old has attracted covetous glances from Leeds United, who, according to Teamtalk, are also keeping tabs on Calum Chambers. Victor Orta, sporting director at Elland Road, signed him during his time with Middlesbrough.
Given we’ve been hoarding centre-backs like toilet paper on the eve of a pandemic, something is going to have to give in that area of the pitch. It wouldn’t be surprising if both departed.
Sead Kolasinac is another player whose future is in doubt. Sky Sports in Germany said his former club Schalke have approached the player about a return to Gelsenkirchen. Yesterday, they also claimed that AS Roma like his profile. Given his wages, it feels more likely he’d end up in Italy, but we’ll see.