Arsenal transfer roundup: Maitland-Niles battle, additional interest in Bellerin


As we wait for more concrete news on Arsenal’s lawsuit against Gabriel Magalhaes, attention is turning to those who may be in the process of leaving north London.Mikel Arteta has already added Willian to his ranks and completed the permanent moves of last season’s loaned duo Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares, Gabriel is reportedly set to become the fourth signing of the summer.

However, Arsenal may have to sell before they can make further investments, with a number of candidates ready for the exit door.

We have the latest of three men who have sparked interest across Europe, at least one of whom looks set to earn a small fee at the London club if his final exit is over.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles gets a lot of attention

Premier League second club join race for Maitland-Niles

Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks set to be released this summer, with the academy’s versatile product sparking interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

There have been reports of a £ 20million move to Molineux, but it seems Nuno’s side aren’t the only ones putting together a bid for the 22-year-old.

According to Football Insider, Newcastle United have made a late effort to steal a march off their rivals, although Wolves remain favorites.

The Magpies are said to be ready to match their rivals’ four-year offer, having already added to their squad with the signing of Jeff Hendrick.

However, with Wolves seemingly agreed upon fees and personal terms, Steve Bruce’s men face a race against time to get into the act.

Hector Bellerin could head for the exit door

Bellerin linked to two Champions League clubs

With Arsenal confirming their long-term signings from Pablo Mari and Cédric Soares, there have been more whispers of an exit for Hector Bellerin.

The academy graduate returned to the fold under Mikel Arteta at the end of last season, having struggled with injuries early in the season.

However, reports in France have linked the Spain international to Paris Saint-Germain, who are looking for reinforcements on the right after losing Thomas Meunier to Borussia Dortmund.

According to Calciomercato (via Sport Witness), Juventus are also looking into Bellerin, with the Italian publication suggesting that new Juve manager Andrea Pirlo is a fan of the right-back, although the Serie A champions are also watching Sergino Dest of Ajax. .

Juve have already signed a signing this summer, bringing in Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Arthur in a deal that saw Miralem Pjanic move in the opposite direction.

Blaise Matuidi has also left Turin to join Inter Miami in MLS, with more departures scheduled.

Gunners reject offer for Smith Rowe

Emile Smith Rowe apparently remains in Arsenal’s long-term plans, if reports of the rejection of a standing offer for the midfielder are to be believed.

The midfielder impressed on loan at Huddersfield Town in the second half of last season, scoring twice to help the Terriers retain their championship status.

While he may not be an immediate starter in the 2020/21 campaign, the 20-year-old Englishman appears to be appreciated by Mikel Arteta.

According to the Mail, the Gunners rejected an offer from Monaco, which was keen to make a permanent deal for the academy’s proceeds.

“He needed that exposure and he looks more mature now,” Arteta said of Smith Rowe on the move to Huddersfield. “I think he’ll be in a much better place when he comes back in preseason.”

The Mail report notes that Monegasque sporting director Paul Mitchell is a long-time fan of the creative midfielder and was involved in his loan to RB Leipzig during the 2018/19 season.

However, Smith Rowe, who made his Premier League debut for Arsenal last season, doesn’t appear to be among the players Arteta is willing to let go.


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