Newcastle United are set to lose out to fellow Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in the race to sign Arsenal ace Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to David Ornstein.
As per a tweet from The Athletic journalist, there still needs to be agreements finalised over a transfer fee and personal terms but Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves are closing in on his signature and a deal is apparently on course to be completed sometime this week.
Agreements still need to be finalised on fee and personal terms but Wolves are closing in on the signing of Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal and it’s on course to be completed this week. Background for @TheAthleticUK on a situation that ultimately suited all parties #AFC #WWFC https://t.co/i4IGOG7q6s
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 24, 2020
Does Maitland-Niles start for Newcastle?
One report has said that Maitland-Niles would cost his new team around £20 million, but as Ornstein has confirmed, no official fee has been agreed as of yet, including the structure of how it would be paid.
However, it looks as if Steve Bruce’s side are set to lose out on a transfer target who may well have improved the Tyneside club going into the new 2020/21 season.
Maitland-Niles has the ability to play in a wide range of different roles on the pitch, which would have proved useful to the Magpies as he could provide cover in a number of different positions.
The English U21 international also started the FA Cup final against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea as a left wing-back as the Gunners came out 2-1 winners thanks to a fine brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to cancel out Christian Pulisic’s early opener for the Blues (via BBC).
That is one of three FA Cup titles that Maitland-Niles has now won as a Gooner, highlighting that he has a winning mentality.
This could also have been a valuable quality to have in the dressing room at St. James’ Park, but it looks as if the Toon are set to miss out on the 22-year old to WWFC.
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