Atletico Madrid will reportedly make a move for Arsenal player Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the January window, following Kieran Trippier’s ban.
Trippier was banned for ten weeks by the Football Association yesterday for breaching betting rules.
It means Atletico are now without a first team right back, forcing them to look at new options.
According to the Daily Mail, they will now aim to sign Maitland-Niles on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
Maitland-Niles is available in the January transfer window after seeing his playing time reduced under Mikel Arteta.
He’s completed just four Premier League matches and has mainly been used as a substitute.
Atletico want to give the Englishman a chance to show his worth by offering him regular first team football.
The report states that the Spanish side have been interested in him for some time, and the recent ban has accelerated that interest.
It’s unclear right now whether the Gunners would be willing to let him leave. However, Maitland-Niles is rumoured to be frustrated with his situation at the Emirates.
That could force Arsenal to send him on loan to keep him happy.
The 23-year-old is a versatile player who is comfortable in both midfield and defence. That would give Atletico boss Diego Simeone a boost to his squad with a proven Premier League player.
Meanwhile, Trippier looks set to miss at least 14 matches for Atletico this season. He is ruled out of their Champions League tie against Chelsea on the 23rd February.
He should be available for the return leg as long as his ban isn’t extended.
Trippier denied all the breaches but was found to have done so on four occasions.