Ainsley Maitland-Niles ‘open to joining Roma’ as Arsenal enter talks with the Italian club over a loan move for their out-of-favour academy graduate… four months after he was blocked from leaving to join Everton
- Roma are eyeing a January move for Arsenal outcast Ainsley Maitland-Niles
- The Serie A outfit are keen to take Maitland-Niles on an initial loan deal
- Roma sporting director Tiago Pinto has made contact with the Gunners
- Maitland-Niles has only been afforded four starts by Mikel Arteta this season
Roma are reportedly in talks to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal in the January transfer window.
Maitland-Niles, 24, has found game time hard to come by at the Emirates this season despite being blocked from leaving back in the summer.
After Everton launched a bid to sign him, the England international was told in a clear-the-air discussion with Mikel Arteta that he would not be allowed to depart the club.
Roma are reportedly in talks to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal in January
He was also forced to briefly train away from the first team after writing on Instagram: ‘All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play @arsenal.’
His situation in north London has not improved since that outburst, with Arteta only affording him four starts in all competitions.
And as a result, ESPN claim Roma are now eyeing up a potential loan move for Maitland-Niles next month.
Maitland-Niles has been frozen out at the Emirates this season by Mikel Arteta
Arteta blocked the 24-year-old from leaving to join Everton back in the summer
The Serie A outfit’s sporting director, Tiago Pinto, is understood to have made contact with Arsenal about an initial loan which includes the option to buy him outright in the summer.
Maitland-Niles is said to be open to the move, having not featured for Arsenal since their 4-0 defeat away at Liverpool on November 20.
However, it is believed Everton could rival Roma for the midfielder’s signature after failing to prise him away from the Emirates earlier this year.
Maitland-Niles has made 132 appearances for Arsenal since emerging from the club’s youth ranks, registering three goals and eight assists.