Wolves prepare eight-figure bid for Premier League player

Ainsley Maitland-Niles England training

Wolves kick off their Premier League campaign in the next few days, but they will have to wait until Monday evening to face Sheffield United at Molineux.

It's an anxious wait for a side who very much have aspirations of qualifying for Europe.

After reaching the knock-out stages of the Europa League last term, they then failed to qualify for this season's edition of the continental competition. 

That will be disappointing, but it will at least give Wolves fewer games to play. Crucially, it may actually allow Raul Jimenez a bit of a rest every now and then.

The Mexican played 55 matches last season, that's without considering the games he played for his country. Of course, he also had the Gold Cup to contend with. 

Fortunately, they've also signed some added firepower in attack so hopefully, Nuno Santo won't have to rely on him all the time.

Teenage striker Fabio Silva became Wolves' new record signing this week and he should do plenty to take the burden off Jimenez's shoulders. 

Nuno Santo

What's crucial, though, is that Wolves continue to strengthen, particularly after losing Matt Doherty to Tottenham.

Nuno's side were dealt a blow after failing to land Ainsley Maitland-Niles a few weeks ago.

A fee of £15m was rejected for his services but in fresh news, they are still very much interested in the wing-back who has recently earnt his first cap for England.

According to The Daily Mail, Wolves are preparing an improved bid for the Arsenal youngster.

Maitland-Niles has been waiting on a new contract with the Gunners but with no indication that that's forthcoming, he may be forced to leave in search of a better future.

Maitland-Niles England squad

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

This would be a perfect piece of business from Wolves.

Now a full England international. the 23-year-old suits Nuno's system absolutely perfectly. 

He can play as a right wing-back or as a left wing-back and has had great success in doing so.

Maitland-Niles played a key role on the left-hand side during Arsenal's FA Cup triumph, standing out against both Manchester City and Chelsea. 

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

This form hasn't been plucked from the middle of nowhere either.

In fact, after a solid performance against Watford in 2018, Danny Murphy hailed the player, insisting he had a bright future in the game. "I actually think he's going to be a real superstar this lad," he commented

It may have been a difficult few years for Maitland-Niles since, but he's now finally beginning to realise his potential. His attitude has also improved greatly under Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and he's now made 51 Premier League appearances.

If they can secure his services for a reasonable price, he'd be an astute acquisition for Wolves. 

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