Maitland-Niles, who can play in central midfield as well as in defence, has entered the final 12 months of his contract with Arsenal and the Gunners are looking to offload him according to The Daily Mail.
Saints are said to want to bring Maitland-Niles in on an initial loan with an option to buy.
Southampton are pushing to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Talks now in progress with Arsenal on loan with buy option, as current AFC deal also included an option to extend until 2024. ⚪️ #SaintsFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 24, 2022
Saints, insisting to beat competition from two more clubs. #AFC pic.twitter.com/iaCYW7XYi4
Renowned football journalist Fabrizio Romano also suggests that Southampton are leading the race to sign Maitland-Niles on a loan-to-buy deal.
It’s been made evident that Maitland-Niles is no longer a part of Mikel Arteta’s plans at the Emirates and perhaps the prospect of a long-term move and more first-team minutes would suit his situation.