Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles has decided he wants to prioritise first-team playing time next season as he considers his future with the club, according to the Daily Mail.
Maitland-Niles has apparently been made available by the Gunners, but so far no teams have met their £25million valuation.
Maitland-Niles is still deliberating whether to leave Arsenal this summer, after being made available by the Gunners.
The 23-year-old, who has been with the club since he was just 6 years of age, is eager to fight for a chance to play for England at next year’s European Championships.
The defender made his England senior debut against Denmark on Thursday and looked impressive, but his chances of making the squad could be hampered if he stays at the Emirates.
Maitland-Niles has conceded he will have to play regularly in order to make the squad, per The Daily Mail, and knows he could have to move for that to happen.
The youngster is apparently ready to consider leaving the club this summer in order to improve his chances of holding down a place in Gareth Southgate’s side.
Wolves are believed to be the frontrunners for his signature, despite having had a £15m bid rejected already this summer.
But they are ready to return with another bid to test his resolve, with this weekend’s season opener against Fulham a potential deciding factor in his decision.
However, former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes Maitland-Niles should be kept around at the Emirates, because his versatility makes him a prized asset to the club.
“Maybe he feels he will be guaranteed better game time at Molineux,” he said in his Daily Mail column.
“But it’s good to hear Arsenal are considering a transfer U-turn after his performance against Liverpool.
“He is such a versatile talent, a diamond, and I do believe Mikel Arteta trusts him.
“You don’t start against Liverpool here, or in the FA Cup semi-final and final against Manchester City and Chelsea, if that isn’t the case.
“Gareth Southgate has called Maitland-Niles, who only turned 23 on Saturday, into his England squad, too, having noticed how players don’t go past him easily. Neither Sadio Mane nor Mo Salah had any joy with him at left wing back, and there is an argument he’d be a better right wing back than Hector Bellerin.
“If I was an Arsenal decision-maker, I wouldn’t be in a hurry to get rid of Maitland-Niles, who still has three years on his contract.
“As his Wikipedia page states under playing position: ‘Midfielder, winger, full back, wing back.’ This young man’s versatility is a weapon, as is his pace and the way he reads the game.
“Arteta would be better off with him than without him.”