Man United started talks with 23-year-old Premier League defender

Arsenal are adamant Ainsley Maitland-Niles is going nowhere before the transfer deadline and have rubbished talks he could be set for a surprise move to Man United.

England international was on the brink of a £30m switch to Wolves earlier this summer but the Spanish coach made it clear that the defender remained a crucial part of his plans for the future after an outstanding performance in the Community Shield.

Reports this week suggested Arsenal and Mikel Arteta had backtracked on this stance, with the Red Devils holding advanced discussions to land Ainsley in a £20m deal plus bonuses and add-ons.

After all, Arsenal are looking to raise funds for either Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey or Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and have been listening to offers for several their first-team stars, including Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.

But Maitland-Niles is not on this list of players up for sale and the London giants have brushed off the latest reports surrounding the defender as ‘pure speculation’. Man United have also distanced themselves from talks of a potential agreement for the English right-back and are instead pursuing a deal for Porto defender Alex Telles.

Porto are demanding a fee of £18m for Alex and have turned down Man United’s two opening offers for the Brazil international. The teenager said he was confident that Arsenal winning the FA Cup last campaign was a sign of things to come under Arteta. ‘He made it clear when he came in that he wants to do things his way,’ Ainsley added.