Atletico Madrid Want To Sign Arsenal Defender Maitland-Niles

Atletico Madrid look set to launch a bold January bid for Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Atletico Madrid have been monitoring the versatile defender’s progress for the past 12 months.

Trippier’s 10-week ban for breaching betting rules is expected to see Atletico test Arsenal’s resolve to keep the England international.

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Atletico are currently top of La Liga with two games in hand on rivals Real Madrid and have a rare chance to win the title for only the second time in 25 years – and need to strengthen their defensive resources in the forthcoming window.

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FIFA confirmed to Sky Sports News on Thursday that the former Tottenham wing-back’s ban will be implemented worldwide, confirming he will miss at least 13 games for Atletico.

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Maitland-Niles has been one of the positive aspects of a difficult season for Arsenal, who sit 15th in the Premier League, just four points above the relegation places.

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