Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has praised Ainsley Maitland-Niles as the Wolves are still linked to a move.
According to Sky Sports, Wolves have already turned down a £ 15m bid for the 22-year-old and are expected to make another offer closer to the Gunners’ £ 20m valuation.
Nonetheless, Arteta used the versatile midfielder when his team met MK Dons on Tuesday.
And speaking to Football.London, Arteta, who played Maitland-Niles in both the FA Cup semi-finals and the final this year, hinted that he hopes the player will stay.
“Yes, we read a lot of news about our players,” he said. “Which is not bad that other clubs want him, but with Ainsley he is a player that I have said since I joined and that I really like.
“The best way to show it is that I’ve played him in the most important games of the season and he responded really well. So here we are with the player.”
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Matt Doherty’s Wolverhampton Wanderers exit appears to be getting closer. He has completed a £ 15m move to Tottenham, according to reports in the national press.
The news of Spurs’ interest came only earlier this week as our sister title football. London revealed to Jose Mourinho that Doherty “met all of the criteria” to replace Serge Aurier.
And since then, the deal has developed rapidly talkSPORT Claim that a £ 15m transfer between the two clubs has been completed.
Neither team made an official announcement with a journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims some details, has yet to be agreed.
Mike_I: I’m not sure what to make of wolves apparently interested in getting a deal on. It would be nice if it made the negotiations run more smoothly, but on the other hand, I would prefer them if they absolutely hold onto him.
BF3: I think Wolves’ supporters underestimated how much leaving Europe out has affected their finances and recruitment prospects. This seems like a necessary evil to fund other transfers.
JDM: I like that we are signing players who have Premier League experience. We know what we’re getting with them. We have a cheap schedule at the beginning of the season and I think we can start right away.
Stripiest pilot : Doherty is a player who, like PEH, is really hungry to play for Tottenham. He won’t win anything at Wolves, but maybe he could with Kane and Mourinho.
A huge window ahead
“Our long-term goals are still the same. Nothing has changed.
“I have repeated it many times that we want to be an elite team in the world and also a top brand in the world.”
Jeff Shi, executive chairman of Wolverhampton Wanderers, wasn’t shy to admit that the club still has the highest ambitions.
From a mediocre championship club in 2016, Fosun immediately realized the idea of Champions League football and fought for major honors in the top division.
And four years after the start of the project, progress can hardly be questioned.
Last season, the Wolves scored the highest points in the Premier League and at the same time managed to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
After that defeat by Sevilla in Duisburg, perhaps for the first time in his tenure, Nuno Espirito Santo made it clear that the squad needed attention.
“If you look at the team that started the game, it’s the same as the first season,” he said. “We made mistakes that we cannot repeat. We need players who can undoubtedly make us stronger.
“It’s about making good decisions that help us and keep us from making mistakes.”
However, the Wolves have not hired an older player since that heartbreaking loss. In a usual window in defense of the club, we wouldn’t be until the end of May – hardly a time to sound the Klaxon.
This is no ordinary window, however, and in three weeks’ time they will begin their third Premier League season to fill the gap with the top six who are only expected to be stronger.
Indeed, the Wolves face the prospect that one of their most regular Nuno-era employees, Matt Doherty, will leave the club and land Tottenham on a £ 15m deal in the region.