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Roma in talks for Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Serie A side Roma are reportedly in talks with Arsenal over a move for Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the January transfer window. The young midfielder has barely featured for Mikel Arteta’s side this season, playing primarily as a substitute.

ESPN and The Athletic now report that the Giallorossi are very keen on signing the midfielder on loan for the remainder of the season.

It is understood the Italian club’s sporting director Tiago Pinto has made contact with Arsenal to explore the possibility of signing the midfielder, who is open to the move.

Accordingly to ESPN, Roma are hoping to agree a loan move with an option to sign the 24-year-old outright in the summer, with discussions having been based around a four-year-deal, however no potential fee for a permanent deal has been negotiated as yet.