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Report: Arsenal loan star wanted by PL rivals

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is reportedly attracting interest from Premier League rivals Everton and Manchester United after impressing on loan for West Bromwich Albion.

The Daily Mail report that England international is being eyed up by the Toffees and the Manchester-based giants ahead of this summer, with Southampton and Leeds also keen on recruiting the 23-year-old versatile Arsenal man who has spent the second half of the season with Sam Allardyce’ side, who were relegated by the Gunners last weekend.

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Maitland-Niles is expected to leave the north London side this summer following reports from football.london that the midfielder is one of many first-team players that have been listed for transfer as Mikel Arteta plans a major squad overhaul, with the likes of Hector Bellerin, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira also listed.

Despite starting the season off brightly for the Gunners, Maitland-Niles failed to nail down a starting XI spot in the Arsenal team under Arteta, with the Hale End academy graduate wanting to play in central midfield rather than as a fullback as he has done for the Gunners in the majority of his first-team career with the club.

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Maitland-Niles’ time with Arsenal seems to be coming to an end, with reports suggesting that the club are willing to sell the England international despite his impressive loan spell with West Brom this season, yet if the Gunners are to move on the 23-year-old, they should try their best to not sell to a direct Premier League rival.

The versatile academy graduate has proven this season, as well as during his time with Arsenal in the first-team, that he is a solid player who always puts in a good performance no matter what position he’s playing in, and these abilities would be helpful for a club that are above the Gunners in the Premier League standings and would only strengthen them heading into next season.

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