According to Sky Sports, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is close to agreeing a move to Wolves, where he has been offered a four year deal.
The versatile 22 year old changed his agent during the season, often a sign a player is open to a transfer elsewhere, and despite the faith shown in him by Mikel Arteta towards the end of the season, it looks as if he’ll be the first high profile departure of this transfer period.
His future has been in some doubt for a while, having spent some time out of the team before the lockdown, and although he said he’d play anywhere the manager picked him, has hinted at a desire to nail down a place in his favourite position as a winger.
It was recently reported that although he’s a player Arteta would like to keep, he’s one that Arsenal are willing to let go.
Maitland-Niles started both the FA Cup semi-final and final, playing a role in our cup success, but it now looks as if his time at the club is coming to an end.
There’s no mention of a fee yet, so it will be very interesting to see what kind of deal we’re doing for a young, English homegrown talent.