Ornstein: Club trying to sign Arsenal player ‘imminently’, wants to go

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: (R-L) Cedric and Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on December 31, 2021 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

David Ornstein has reported fresh information about Ainsley Maitland-Niles at Arsenal.

The 24-year-old is heavily linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma this month.

The Italian outfit were reported to have agreed an initial loan deal to sign the Arsenal utility man.

But Ornstein has written for The Athletic that the Gunners are now ‘dragging their heels’ in terms of negotiations.

It’s frustrating for Mourinho because the Serie A side want the deal to go through ‘imminently’, given that they face AC Milan and Juventus this week.

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Risky tactics

If Arsenal really are dragging their heels, like Ornstein says, it’s a dangerous way of doing things.

That’s because the English journalist added that Mourinho’s team are identifying alternative targets in the event that they cannot sign Maitland-Niles.

Having started two Premier League games this season, the Gunners appear to have very little use for Maitland-Niles – who himself reportedly wants the deal to happen – right now.

And offloading him makes sense, particularly if it winds up being a permanent deal, which has also been touted.

Arsenal can be difficult to negotiate with these days but it certainly seems beneficial for all parties if this transfer goes through as smoothly and as quick as possible.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool runs with the ball past Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on November 20, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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