Arsenal may exercise a one-year choice in Ainsley Mailand-Niles’ contract to unload the midfielder and Hector Bellerin just before the transfer deadline, according to reports.
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Mikel Arteta, who has spent a significant amount of money on his team this summer, has deemed both of them surplus to requirements. The Spaniard is now attempting to collect further revenue by releasing a handful of players who have not appeared in recent games.
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Both Maitland-Niles and Bellerin were loaned out by the Gunners during the previous season, and they are free to permanently leave the Emirates before the September 1 deadline. However, the unpopular pair is having trouble finding suitors, and Edu, the technical director of the Gunners, may need to get inventive if he wants to get rid of them off the salary bill.
Several Premier League clubs have reportedly made Maitland-Niles an offer, with Bournemouth and Southampton being two possible destinations, according to a recent article from The Evening Standard.
The Gunners are now thinking about giving the 24-year-old one more year on his contract so they could, theoretically, approve a season-long loan move this month to sell him permanently at a later time – a move that could interest Maitland-Niles’ possible buyers.
For Bellerin, though, there doesn’t seem to be much hope of a resolution. The Spanish right-back spent the 2017–18 campaign on loan at Real Betis and is anxious to make a permanent move back to the La Liga team, but no agreement has been reached between the two parties.
Given that Bellerin’s current contract with Arsenal has 12 months remaining to run, it is thought that Betis will be unable to afford to sign a deal to permanently sign the full-back. Even though Bellerin has drawn admiring looks from other European clubs, including Barcelona, the 27-year- old’s future remains uncertain as the transfer deadline approaches.
Nicolas Pepe, a club-record failure, is on the verge of joining Nice on a season-long loan. He is one of the players Arteta does not want and is now ready to leave the Emirates. Since joining Arsenal in 2019 for a staggering £72 million from Lille, the Ivorian winger has found it difficult to live up to expectations. However, he will get the opportunity to launch his career in France with the Ligue 1 team, who have agreed to terms on a straightforward 12-month loan agreement with no obligation to buy.