Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks likely to leave Arsenal this summer either on a permanent transfer or on loan having being loaned out to West Bromwich Albion in the second half of last season where he made 15 Premier League appearances, starting 14 matches for the Baggies. This is in stark contrast to the first half of the campaign at Arsenal, where manager Mikel Arteta gave him just 486 league minutes in the Gunners’ first 21 matches.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles Summer Transfer Odds
Ainsley Maitland-Niles Summer Transfer Odds
Burnley Odds: 2/1
Burnley are the bookie’s favourites to sign Maitland-Niles as the Clarets are looking to further strengthen their squad ahead of the new season and the Clarets are particularly short in-depth on the wings.
At times last season Sean Dyche deployed the likes of Erik Pieters and Josh Brownhill on the right-wing despite these players not being natural specialists in this position due to injury problems for Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson and Robbie Brady which saw the latter released from the club at the end of the season having failed to live up to his price tag at Turf Moor since his arrival from Norwich.
Maitland-Niles would give Burnley an option that is comfortable at playing on both wings, as well as in central midfield and both full-back areas which would significantly help the Clarets in terms of options and squad depth.
Wolves Odds: 6/1
Wolves are the next team on this list of clubs that are interested in the signature of Maitland-Niles.
The Molineux club are known to play many five at the back variants such as 5-2-3 and 5-3-2, but, Bruno Lage is more known for playing a structured 4-4-2 formation from his time at Benfica, like what we have become accustomed to when watching Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone, meaning that Maitland-Niles could be a very useful addition for the tactical flexibility of the team due to being able to play in several positions.
At present, Wolves only have one senior right-back in Nelson Semedo, as Ki-Jana Hoever is still looking to establish himself in Wolves’ setup, the signing of the Arsenal man could allow the latter to go out on loan and gain first-team football. The same could also be said for the central-midfield area as Wolves predominantly use Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho with Leander Dendoncker often slotting in as a centre-back, meaning that they have limited cover in Morgan Gibbs-White and Bruno Jordao.
Leicester City Odds: 8/1
Leicester City are priced at 8/1 to sign the 23-year-old Arsenal player which may come across a surprise due to the sheer number of players that the Foxes have on their books, but, as we have seen in recent seasons, they have typically struggled to cope with injuries to their starting line-up which has seen them fall short of the Champions League qualification places.
With Ricardo Pereira only returning from a cruciate ligament injury in January, seeing him miss 35 matches in total since March 2020, whilst James Justin has currently got a similar type of injury, the Foxes may be forced to look for some backup in the right-back area due to having the Europa League to contend with for the second season running. Maitland-Niles would also be an upgrade on the likes of Daniel Amartey and could challenge Pereira more and help to elevate the Portuguese full-back’s already impressive performances since joining the Foxes from Porto back in 2018.
Crystal Palace Odds: 10/1
Crystal Palace have also shown interest in the Arsenal youth academy product due to the Eagles attempting to revamp their squad having released more than 10 first-team players at the start of the summer in order to cut their wage bill and to create a younger squad.
With the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Patrick van Aanholt, James McCarthy and Andros Townsend all leaving Selhurst Park this summer, Maitland-Niles would be very useful due to his versatility, he is able to play in each of the positions which these players ply their trade in.
Newcastle United Odds: 10/1
Newcastle United also feature on this list as they are looking at a multitude of players that can play in the centre-midfield area.
The Magpies loaned in the likes of Joe Willock last season who impressed under Steve Bruce at St James’ Park having scored eight in 14 Premier League matches which has seen Arsenal unwilling to allow the Englishman to go back on loan, instead, looking for a permanent deal to raise more transfer funds.
However, with Maitland-Niles far down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium under Arteta, there is every chance that the Magpies could sign the 23-year-old either on loan or for a reduced fee as the Gunners look to build a squad that is capable of qualifying for European football next season having finished 8th last time out.
Southampton Odds: 10/1
Maitland-Niles availability is also said to have caught the eye of Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl as the Austrian is looking for more depth in his squad at St Mary’s.
At present, the Saints squad is thin on the ground in terms of senior players as their backup full-backs are Yan Valery who failed to impress on loan at Birmingham City and former Chelsea youngster Tino Livramento. With the likes of Oriol Romeu pushing thirty now, as well as James Ward-Prowse being heavily linked with a move to Aston Villa, Maitland-Niles could offer the energy that is required to play in Hassenhuttl’s side, as the former Leipzig manager often deploys an aggressive high pressing strategy.
West Ham United Odds: 10/1
West Ham United are the final club on this list of sides that have registered an interest in Maitland-Niles.
David Moyes’ side are in need of more squad depth with European football on the horizon following a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League last time out. West Ham have often used a 5-4-1 setup which has seen the likes of Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice sit at the centre of midfield protecting the defence and offering a goal threat further up the pitch, but, in terms of central midfield, their only senior back up option is club captain Mark Noble who has announced that this will be his last season at the Irons.
With Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko also suffering a series of injury problems since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, culminating to the 31-year-old making just 47 league appearances in three years, the Arsenal man could also offer another option at right-wing behind Jarrod Bowen too.
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