Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Wolves end pursuit of Arsenal midfielder

Recent form and call-up to the England team may have ended any potential move for the player

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal during the FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020 in London, England.

Wolves' pursuit of Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks to be at an end as they now believe Arsenal want to keep him at the Emirates.

The 23-year old midfielder was a stand-out performer for Mikel Arteta towards the end of last season and his Man of the Match award in Saturday's FA Community Shield was followed later that day by a call-up to Gareth Southgate's England squad.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles put in a man of the match performance for Arsenal against Liverpool in the Community Shield
Image: Ainsley Maitland-Niles put in a man-of-the-match performance for Arsenal against Liverpool in the Community Shield

One source has told Sky Sports News that Arsenal are now looking into a new deal for the defender, who still has three years left on his present contract.

Wolves, meanwhile remain keen to negotiate a deal for the player, but believe it now looks likely he will stay in North London.

Privately they concede that if the player were still available, his recent form and call-up to the national team will have significantly increased his value.

Arteta added the Community Shield to the FA Cup success in August 0:31
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta praised Maitland-Niles for 'changing' after his man-of-the-match performance in their Community Shield win over Liverpool

SSN reported last Wednesday that Wolves' initial £15m bid for the young star had been rejected.

"He has to be able to convince me every day in training that he can compete at this level. Not once every three months - but every three days," Mikel Arteta explained after Saturday's Wembley win.

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"The way he is playing at the moment is showing me that he can do it. His mentality and the way he is going about every single detail about the preparation of a football game is much better than before.

"I am delighted and very happy for him because he is really changing a lot of things around him to become the player he can be."

Maitland-Niles is scheduled to meet up with the rest of his England colleagues at St. George's Park on Monday.

Wolves defender Conor Coady has received his first England call-up ahead of next week's Nations League double-header 2:36
Rob Dorsett says Wolves' Conor Coady could make his England debut against Iceland after he and Maitland-Niles earned their first call-ups

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