Tottenham in for London rivals battle as Ainsley Maitland-Niles wants to stay in capital – Daily Star

Tottenham are reportedly ready to do battle with their London rivals for the signing of Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The versatile ace has been put for sale by the Gunners with Mikel Arteta hoping to get £30m for the England U21 star.

It’s believed Arsenal would have liked to have kept Maitland-Niles but need the funds and may have to settle for £20m.

The Sun claim Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is interested in the 22-year-old with Spurs having to get creative this summer.

It’s reported that Maitland-Niles’ versatility has made him an attractive options for several teams.

The player is expected to stay in London with West Ham, Crystal Palace and Fulham also showing a firm interest.

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Mourinho previously admitted that Tottenham need to be realistic when it comes to targeting transfers.

He said: “For some clubs it’s easy, you break the rules, you spend the money and you get the players.

“For some, it’s more difficult. You follow the rules. For this profile of club, the situation is more complicated.

“I knew what Tottenham is before I signed my contract. I had meetings with different people in the club. I think at that time we were 10-15 points behind the Champions League positions, so there are no surprises for me.

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“We need to be realistic. I know where the best players in the world are, if we sit and have a coffee I can give you a shortlist of best players in the world by position.

“The most important thing is to be realistic, analyse the transfer market opportunities – the clubs that are willing to sell, the players in the last years of their contract. Clubs willing to have creative deals.

“I know exactly what we need and what we would like and I know how to be realistic.

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“The club also knows me better than before, I think only [chairman] Mr [Daniel] Levy can say, but I think it’s very easy to work with me. I am open, pragmatic. I like to do my reports to the club, project the future, so for me everything is written. It’s quite easy to work with me.

“And when I am respectful and realistic, I think we are fine because we understand each other.”