Arsenal reject Wolves’ bid of below £20m for Ainsley Maitland-Niles

The defender has attracted much interest
The defender has attracted much interest (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal have reportedly rebuffed Wolves’ offer of below £20 million for defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles, with other clubs also lining up bids.

The 22-year-old joined Arsenal’s academy at the age of six and has risen through the ranks, becoming a key part of Mikel Arteta’s first team squad.

Despite some early concerns over his work rate when the ex-Manchester City coach first took the job, Maitland-Niles stormed back to play pivotal roles in FA Cup wins over Manchester City in the semis and again in the final against Chelsea.

Maitland-Niles claimed his first piece of silverware with the FA Cup win
Maitland-Niles claimed his first piece of silverware with the FA Cup win (Picture: Getty Images)

As Arteta plots his summer overhaul, there are many in the squad that could make way to raise funds for further incoming signings.

The Gunners have a plethora of defenders on their books, with Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares and the injured Calum Chambers all able to play in the right-back position, where Maitland-Niles has mostly been deployed.

According to the Athletic’s David Ornstein, Wolves tested the waters with an offer below £20 million for Maitland-Niles, which was swiftly rejected by Arsenal as they are looking for a higher price.

Other interested parties are circling, with two clubs in Germany said to be preparing to launch bids for the England youth international.

Maitland-Niles’ versatility is a great asset, with the Gunners academy product able to play at right-back, left-back and in midfield.

Despite the rumours surrounding his future, he featured in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over MK Dons on Tuesday, their first pre-season friendly match ahead of the upcoming 2020/21 campaign.

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