Arsenal have reportedly put £20m valuations on both Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah ahead of the summer transfer window.
According to The Sun, the Hale End academy graduates have had their asking prices set at £20m should potential clubs wish to enquire about the Arsenal youngsters, with the duo both, in recent weeks, been linked with exits from north London this summer.
The Evening Standard reported that Nketiah was on West Ham’s radar, whilst The Mirror claimed last week that both Premier League and European clubs were interested in Maitland-Niles, who has impressed since joining West Brom on loan in the winter.
The summer window is likely to see many faces depart the Emirates Stadium, with fellow academy player Joe Willock also being touted for a move in the transfer market, with The Telegraph recently reporting that Newcastle United are interested in signing the midfielder on a permanent deal, with the 21-year-old also being valued at £20m by Arsenal.
The Insider’s View:
Arsenal are a team that are in desperate need of new signings, yet following another season of no UEFA Champions League football revenue and the Gunners likely to finish in their lowest Premier League position ever, funds will likely have to be generated through players sales, and Maitland-Niles and Nketiah will be ideal names to move on for profit.
Whilst the two players remain fan favourites in the red side of north London, there’s no denying that if £40m was to come in at the expense of Maitland-Niles and Nketiah leaving, the majority of supporters would be open to the sales if it meant the club can reinvest in the starting XI for next season.
This summer will likely see players supporters hold dear to their heart leave the club for good, such as the aforementioned Willock as well as Hector Bellerin, who Sport report is wanted by PSG, yet these sales could see Arteta bring in the players he wants that would take Arsenal forward, and looking back, selling the likes of Maitland-Niles and Nketiah could be seen as a pivotal moment for the Gunners in the long-term.