West Brom fans have taken to Twitter to discuss the possibility of signing Arsenal utility man Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
According to a report from The Sun, the 22-year-old has been told he is free to leave the Gunners this summer, despite suggestions that manager Mikel Arteta is keen for him to stay at the club.
The FA Cup winners have slapped a £30 million price tag on the academy product as they look to raise funds to help Arteta rebuild his squad in the coming weeks.
And the sudden availability of the player, who can operate at right full-back or in midfield, has led to a debate among Albion fans as to whether or not he would be a good signing for their club.
Popular fan media outlet WBA Report asked the question on Twitter as to whether Maitland-Niles would be a a good fit for the Baggies, and the responses threw up two main themes.
Firstly, a lot of fans made it clear that they would be open to signing the versatile talent, sighting his pedigree and ability to fulfil multiple roles as key reasons for their interest.
But a lot of supporters also balked at the £30 million price tag, and made it clear that they did not fancy their chances of landing a player of Maitland-Niles’ calibre and status this summer.
Perhaps they were being realistic too.
According to The Telegraph journalist John Percy, the Baggies will have around £20 million to spend in the transfer market this summer.
If that is true, a deal for Maitland-Niles would be all but impossible to secure.
It’s a shame too, because he probably would be a very good signing.
Only recently the youngster was drawing big praise from Arsenal legend Ian Wright on Twitter for his performance in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
But even if Albion were to suddenly turn their attentions to making a move for him – which there is no indication they have, by the way – then we really don’t see this one happening.
Here are some of the best tweets from West Brom supporters:
No chance he’ll be coming to us.
— Nathan (@_N47H4N) August 7, 2020
Would be more than good enough imo. Think his best position is RB though which really isn’t a need of ours. I would try him at CM which is where he wants to play I think.
— Visionary (@stylisedvision) August 7, 2020
One of the great rbs about pacey. Strong. Knows how to defend and attack. Would love him at albion but would be too much. A loan would be nice but he will want to play in Europe also
— leon chambers (@leonwba91) August 7, 2020
I’ve always wanted him since he played against us in that 1-1 draw at the hawthorns in 17/18 season just wouldn’t be able to afford him
— Oli Swaby ≅ (@OliverSwaby68) August 7, 2020
£30 million ur joking
— leigh southall (@leighwbafc) August 7, 2020
Would be a great addition to the squad. Can play different positions and is dynamic in the middle
— Armani Akbar-Roy (@aa_rofficial) August 7, 2020
Transfer fee and wages would make this very unlikely. As unlikely as boilerman marrying baggie bird.
— David (@davideaststand) August 7, 2020
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