The Daily Mail claims Wolves are preparing a new offer for Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the current transfer window. They previously made a laughably poor bid of around £15m for the player, which Arsenal dismissed.
Arsenal then set a price tag of £25m , amid interest from from another Premier League to rival Newcastle United. But after the player’s performance in the Community Shield and his England senior call-up, Arsenal reconsidered selling the player at all.
At the time, there were also rumours that Arsenal might sell right back Hector Bellerin to PSG. This would give Maitland-Niles more of a chance in the team, and encourage him to stay. But that transfer for Bellerin seems dead right now.
I did question at the time if this might put Maitland-Niles back on the market. Without any guarantees of a starting spot and with his valuation as high as ever, Arsenal may want to cash in and use the money to invest in midfield for top target, Thomas Partey.
It all relies on Wolves getting serious, though. If they come back with another low bid, there’s no way Arsenal should consider it. They can’t be seen as pushovers in key deals like these. Wolves need to massively up their offer before negotiations reopen.