Paul Pogba’s comments to Ainsley Maitland-Niles amid Man Utd transfer rumours

Paul Pogba has already given his seal of approval over Ainsley Maitland-Niles ahead of a potential transfer in the coming days. Arsenal want to sell players to raise funds for the likes of Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar while Manchester United are a big fan of his versatility.

Maitland-Niles has been strongly linked with a move to United, with Sport1 reporting a deal could be announced in the coming days.

The Red Devils are on the lookout for full-backs with Alex Telles firmly in their sights.

The Porto star is desperate to move to Old Trafford but United are looking to land a bargain deal after offering just £12m.

It remains to be seen whether such a bid would be accepted and reports in Germany stated that alternatives are being sought after.

Maitland-Niles’ preference is to play in midfield but the 23-year-old has been more regularly deployed as a full-back.

And he has done so very well, to his credit, even playing on both sides at right-back and left-back.

Having such a versatile member of the squad has helped Mikel Arteta – especially considering Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney have both had numerous injury troubles.

United have made just one signing this summer in the shape of Donny van de Beek and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for more arrivals.

And Maitland-Niles already has one fan at Old Trafford with Pogba impressed by the Englishman when the two sides met a while ago.

Towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign, the two Premier League sides clashed in a result that saw the Gunners lose 2-1.

But Maitland-Niles stood out as a top performer and after the final whistle, Pogba embraced the youngster and gave him some words of advice.

“He said to me that I need to keep working hard,” the Arsenal star said when explaining the duo’s cordial encounter.

“He enjoyed playing against me and that was it really.

“He just told me to keep going and gave me some words of advice which was nice.”

Arsenal are keen on offloading players in a bid to bring in Mikel Arteta’s top targets, who include Lyon star Aouar and Atletico midfielder Partey.

Maitland-Niles was on the brink of leaving for Wolves earlier in the transfer window but a deal fell through.

Instead, the Molineux outfit signed Nelson Semedo from Barcelona.

Meanwhile, United legend Gary Neville recently took to social media to express his disdain over his former club’s transfer dealings.

He said: “It’s appalling that in this market which is probably the easiest in PL history to get transfers done that United haven’t done more yet!

“They must get Ole a centre-back, left-back and forward [sic] pre deadline! The others are managing to get things over the line why not United!”

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