Leicester City in the hunt to sign €20m-rated Arsenal defender

Ainsley Maitland-Niles could once again be the subject of interest from Leicester City. The 23-year-old full-back is ready to leave the London giants in the summer transfer window as he seeks regular first-team football next campaign onwards.

Ainsley joined the Gunners academy aged six back in 2003 and made huge progress in the youth setup at Arsenal before breaking into the first-team squad in 2014 at the age of just 17. However, it was not until the 2017/18 campaign that Maitland-Niles finally started to become a regular feature for Arsenal.

England international featured nearly 30 times in all tournaments in each of the three campaigns till 2020/21, but the ongoing campaign is where things started going downhill. Despite starting the campaign strongly, the English full-back soon became a bit-part footballer for the Gunners and a mere backup for both the full-back positions.

As a result, he ended up joining West Bromwich Albion on loan on deadline day in the winter transfer window in search of regular game-time. Away from his disappointments at the London club, Ainsley has flourished to some extent, starting all but one game for the Baggies since completing the move.

Ainsley has even been deployed in his favoured role in midfield but is starting to accept the fact that most suitors will only sign him as a right-back. And, one such suitor could be Leicester City, who had even made an attempt to sign him back in the winter transfer window.

If the Foxes do view Ainsley as a right-back, it will be interesting to see how he fits in the squad at the disposal of Brendan Rodgers, who already has three natural right-backs to choose from in Ricardo Pereira, Timothy Castagne and James Justin.