Arsenal have reached an agreement with AS Roma over the proposed loan move for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to multiple sources.
The two clubs were in talks on the subject for a couple of days, and as a result, the Serie A side submitted an official offer, consisting of a loan for the rest of the season with an option to buy for €10 million in the summer. The Gunners, however, replied that the loan proposal itself was acceptable, but without the option to buy, to which Roma eventually agreed.
The medical ahead of the move is expected to take place in the UK within the next 48 hours, with Maitland-Niles still to visit the Italian embassy in order to sort out his work permit.
Roma were said to be keen on a permanent deal this month, with head coach Jose Mourinho keen on adding the versatility of the 24-year-old to his ranks as soon as possible. They were, however, unable to do so for financial reasons, and a loan was all they could afford to go for at this point.
The Italian club intend to conduct a project similar to the one they did with Tammy Abraham, signing the striker from Chelsea last summer. They want to bring in Maitland-Niles and give him regular first-team opportunities, something he hasn’t been getting in North London, in the hope he would blossom into a high-quality player that would benefit their team a lot.
Roma are keen to get the deal done as quickly as may be now, with crucial matches against Juventus and AC Milan looming this week. Quite apart from the tight top-four race in the Serie A, they also face the knockout stages of the Europa Conference League.
Maitland-Niles himself is believed to be keen on the move and he only wants to join Roma. If the deal, by some chance, falls through at the eleventh hour, he will remain at Arsenal.