Deal ’80 per cent done’ as Man Utd close on swoop for Arsenal star

Date published: Wednesday 30th September 2020 10:44

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah, Mikel Arteta, Dani Ceballos Arsenal

Manchester United will complete a deal to sign Arsenal full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the coming days, according to a report.

While a new winger has remained United’s top priority for some time, full-back is also an area the club are targeting.

A deal to sign left-back Alex Telles is reportedly close, with Porto keen to recoup a fee for the Brazilian. That move came after previous target Sergio Reguilon opted to move to Tottenham.

According to Sport1 though, a surprise deal for Maitland-Niles is also firmly in the Red Devils’ sights.

The right-back, who has also played in midfield during his time at Arsenal, was close to leaving earlier this year. Wolves showed serious interest but strong performances mean he is back in Mikel Arteta’s plans.

Although that has reportedly not deterred United, who are in advanced negotiations with the Gunners.

The deal is 80 per cent complete, the German source claims, with both clubs working on the final pieces of paperwork.

As such, United will supposedly complete the signing in the coming days for an initial €22million (£20million). The fee will rise above the £20million mark with add-ons and bonuses.

United fans have bombarded the club’s Twitter account in recent weeks with demands for new signings. Donny van de Beek is the Red Devils’ only acquisition so far.

However, along with a deal for Telles, United are reportedly close to signing winger Ousmane Dembele. The Frenchman is out of favour at Barcelona under new head coach Ronald Koeman.

Indeed he has struggled to show his true talent after several battles with injury since his 2017 arrival.

 

Gary Neville appalled at Man Utd

Meanwhile, Gary Neville has taken aim at his former club for their lack of transfer activity.

The former full-back has said it is “appalling” that the Red Devils have struggled to match their rivals for new signings.

Indeed Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City have all brought in major reinforcements in recent months.

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