It looks like Atletico Madrid will launch a bold January bid for Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Atletico Madrid has been following the progress of the all-round defender over the past 12 months.
Trippier’s ten-day ban on betting violations is expected to see Atletico test Arsenal’s decision to keep England international.
Atletico are currently at the top of La Liga with two games in hand with rival Real Madrid and have a rare chance to win the title only for the second time in 25 years – and in the next term they need to strengthen their defensive resources.
FIFA has confirmed Heavenly sports news on Thursday that the ban on former Tottenham winger will be enforced worldwide, confirming he will miss at least 13 games for Atletico.
Maitland-Niles is one of the positive aspects of a tough season for Arsenal, which ranks 15th in the Premier League, just four points above the relegation spot.
The Wolves came close to a deal for the Maitland-Niles at £ 20m in the summer, before Arsenal decided to keep him.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteti will be glad to keep the 23-year-old, who has received positive reviews for his performances in the 16 matches in which he has played so far this season.
Called to office in England in September, a Hale End academy graduate will know that moving to Atletico could help solidify his place in Gareth Southgate’s thinking ahead of next summer’s European Championships. “
Contracted with Arsenal until 2023, Maitland-Niles is not one of the best-earning clubs, having signed a contract with Atletico as much as possible.