According to The Telegraph, Arsenal offered Newcastle United an opportunity to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Hector Bellerin on loan in the final few weeks of the transfer window.
The Gunners and the Magpies were locked in discussions for almost the entire window. Steve Bruce was desperate to sign Joe Willock from Arsenal and after weeks of negotiations, he finally got his wish.
With a little over two weeks left in the window, Arsenal agreed to sell Willock for £25 million. (Sky Sports) The Englishman signed a six-year deal at St James’ Park, and if he can replicate his form from the end of last season, he will end up being a fine player for Newcastle United.
Arsenal offered Bellerin and Maitland-Niles to Newcastle
Arsenal were open to letting both Bellerin and Maitland-Niles leave the club – either on loan or on a permanent deal – since the start of the window.
The Spaniard has spent over a decade at the club. He has been a fantastic servant to Arsenal, but it was the best thing for all parties for him to move on and kickstart his career elsewhere after a difficult year at the Emirates.
As for Maitland-Niles, many felt Arsenal would cash in on the Englishman if any suitable offer came in. The Gunners waited for a long time, but the only bid that arrived was from Everton on the penultimate day of the window, and Mikel Arteta had changed his mind by then.
The report claims that both Bellerin and Maitland-Niles were offered to Newcastle United on loan. Both players would’ve been fantastic signings for them alongside Willock, but the Magpies didn’t pursue either deal.
Bellerin moved to Real Betis, his boyhood club, on loan on deadline day. Maitland-Niles, despite being grumpy the day before, was convinced to stay by Arteta, and it will be interesting to see what role he will be given in the coming months.
Both Bellerin and Maitland-Niles will have just one year left on their contracts at the end of this season. Arsenal will try to sell them again next summer, which may open the door for Newcastle again, but it’s really unlikely if Mike Ashley is still at the helm there.