Roma start talks with Arsenal about loan from Ainsley Maitland-Niles


Roma are keen to give Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles the chance to resume their Serie A careers in January.

The 24-year-old saw a summer switch to Everton collapse late, after which he went to social media to urge the Gunners to let him go in search of regular first-team football.

Since then, Maitland-Niles has been involved in eight Premier League matches, of which only two were as a starter, and he has not entered the field in any of Arsenal’s last six matches.

A withdrawal in January is underway and The Athletic states that Roma have added Maitland-Niles to a list of potential goals when the transfer window opens.

Jose Mourinho’s team has reached out to Arsenal to discuss a loan deal and Maitland-Niles is apparently keen to make the move. Everton are also still interested in a loan, but the versatile midfielder would rather go abroad.

Mourinho is working with Rome’s general manager Tiago Pinto to identify potential goals in the Premier League. As part of their strategy to go after stars in the English top class, they were close to recruiting Granit Xhaka during the summer and eventually made an agreement to recruit striker Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.

A move to Roma would make Maitland-Niles join Englishmen Abraham and Chris Smalling, while former Arsenal team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also part of Mourinho’s squad.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has praised Maitland-Niles for keeping his head down and trying to force himself back into the side, but the 24-year-old is still in disfavor and hopes to resume his career elsewhere.

With 18 months left on their contract, Arsenal are likely to secure the permanent release of Maitland-Niles in the near future, with a summer exit from the Emirates being the most likely outcome at this time.

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