Former Arsenal player Ainsley Maitland-Niles is attracting interest from various clubs this summer. Sheffield United and Luton are among the top contenders, Sky Sports understands.
The versatile midfielder also has keen admirers from abroad with Benfica, Werder Bremen and Galatasaray registering interest in him. Additionally, Trabzonspor has already extended a formal offer, and there are three clubs in Saudi Arabia vying for his signature.
Maitland-Niles is carefully considering his options before making a decision on his future. Last season, he had a loan spell at Southampton, appearing in 22 Premier League matches [Transfermarkt].
This signing fits the current criteria that Sheffield United are working towards, he is 25, and is a free agent. So far this summer, the Blades have continuously identified younger players in the cheap market.
We know that the squad is extremely light in the midfield areas. New signing Anis Slimane has mostly paired up with Sander Berge in pre-season games, while Oli Norwood and John Fleck have missed out on most of the friendly matches due to injuries. Ismaila Coulibaly hasn’t featured once due to knee swelling on the knee he had an operation on.
This has allowed youngsters Harrison Neal and Andre Brooks more game time this summer, both have made a good impression on the coaching staff and supporters.