ARSENAL star Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to join Roma on loan in January, according to reports.
The midfielder has struggled for game time this season after returning from a loan spell at West Brom last summer.
And now Maitland-Niles has agreed to move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma on loan when the transfer window opens on January 1, according to Goal.
Club sporting director Tiago Pinto is claimed to favour an initial six-month loan deal, with the option of making it a permanent transfer.
A four-year contract has been touted, although negotiations for a future permanent fee are yet to progress.
Everton were rumoured to be interested in the 24-year-old and were prepared to spend around £15m to sign him permanently.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta praised Maitland-Niles earlier this season after clear-the-air talks saw the five-cap England international stay at the club.
Maitland-Niles was forced to train on his own after writing on Instagram: “All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play @arsenal.”
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But matters were calmed, and Arteta gushed: “I see a different player in terms of his urgency, his commitment and the clarity in his play and purpose.
“Since we made the decision I was clear with what I was seeing, I wanted him to stay because he was going to be useful.
“He has a huge talent which is he is versatile enough to adapt to any position on the pitch.”
But with a number of Arsenal midfield stars hitting form such as Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe, chances for Maitland-Niles have been few and far between.
Smith Rowe scored his fourth goal in as many games against Norwich with Odegaard picking up another two assists in the 5-0 win.
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