Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sporting ExcitementSporting Excitement

Premier League

Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles was wanted by Barcelona in shock transfer but Mikel Arteta blocked deal

ARSENAL star Ainsley Maitland-Niles was wanted by Barcelona in a shock deal – but Mikel Arteta blocked the move, according to reports.

The Spanish giants developed an interest in the versatile Gunner during the summer.

The unassuming Arsenal man found himself subject to surprise interest from Barcelona

ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Gunners news


But reports say his manager was instrumental in keeping Maitland-Niles at the Emirates.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano said Barca had identified AMN as a potential right-back target, a position he has played often before for Arsenal.

But boss Arteta blocked the move, believing the 23-year-old to be key to Arsenal’s future.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Barcelona gave up on their pursuit when the Gunners manager’s position became clear.

They instead signed American full-back Sergino Dest from Ajax.

Maitland-Niles has also been linked with a move to Wolves, but reports say the move fell-apart after his call-up the England squad in August.

Newcastle were also said to be in for the player – who Arsenal reportedly slapped a £25m price tag on.

Arteta is believed to have grown to see the AMN as important having initially been more willing to let him go.

Maitland-Niles has become a regular fixture of Arsenal’s squad in the last three years, coming through under Arsene Wenger but also featuring regularly under his successors.

The England international has become known for his versatility, and has appeared in either full-back role, wing-back and midfield.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.




PRINCE Naseem Hamed is living up to his regal nickname by becoming a neighbour of the Queen. The ex-world featherweight boxing champ is relaxing...


AMIR KHAN backed Conor Benn to become the UK’s next pay-per-view star… but fears Eddie Hearn is “holding him back”. Khan was once lined...

Formula 1

McLAREN’S decision to join Formula E could prove to be a masterstroke — both on the track and in the boardroom. The legendary Formula...


FLOYD MAYWEATHER wants to “get it on” with Amir Khan – but the British boxing legend will not be talked out of retirement. Khan...


JAKE PAUL has been backed to fight Canelo Alvarez in three years’ time – when he will be TEN TIMES better. The outspoken YouTuber-turned...

Horse Racing

BAAEED v Coroebus, Baaeed v Native Trail or Baaeed v Modern Games. Which excites you most?Baaeed was a thumping winner of Saturday’s Lockinge Stakes...