Arsenal starlet Ashley Maitland-Niles could be leaving the Emirates in the summer transfer window, according to the latest reports.
The 20-year-old has shown a great deal of promise this season, making 14 Premier League appearances and featuring in another 9 Europa League fixtures, but that does not mean he is guaranteed regular playing time next term.
Latest reports suggest that Championship high-flyers Derby County are readying summer bid for the £4.5 million rated midfielder.
The Rams face Fulham in the Championship play-off semi-final, and while their chances of landing Maitland-Niles would seriously improve if they secure promotion to the Premier League, they will be pursuing the deal regardless of what happens in the play-offs.
Maitland-Niles has enjoyed a breakthrough season this term and he will be eager to continue shining at the Emirates, but much will depend on whether Arsene Wenger’s successor will want him in the squad for next season.
Next campaign will be very important for the club given the Frenchman’s departure and second successive finish outside the Premier League top 4, meaning the new manager may not have the courtesy of using too many talented footballers in his maiden season.