Ainsley Maitland-Niles is closing in on a season-long loan move to Southampton, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Interestingly, ahead of the move, the Gunners are planning to extend the player’s contract by a year to protect his value heading into next summer when he’s currently set to become a free agent. Southampton will have first dibs on his signature.
Excl: Southampton are closing in on Ainsley Maitland-Niles deal. It’s set to be completed on loan with buy option as Arsenal contract will be extended. 🚨⚪️🔴 #SaintsFC
Talks ongoing on player side, then medical soon to get the deal done. pic.twitter.com/GxbAXKYwUy
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2022
The England international, 24, has also been linked with Fulham, Bournemouth and Newcastle having previously been the subject of bids from Wolves and Everton in recent years.
Maitland-Niles is likely to be one of two Arsenal first team players to leave on deadline day.
Barcelona and, quite randomly, Italian side Sassuolo are being touted as possible destinations for Hector Bellerin, who may or may not be about to have his contract terminated.