Laliga giants Atletico Madrid are reportedly looking to sign Ainsley Maitland-Miles on loan from Arsenal.
According to the Mail Diego Simeone wants a new right-back next month after Kieran Trippier was handed a ten-week ban for breaching betting rules.
The 30-year-old has been a mainstay in the Atletico side currently top of LaLiga with two games in hand.
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But Trippier is now set to miss 11 domestic matches, as well as the first leg of the upcoming Champions League last-16 clash with Chelsea.
And Simeone is keen to ensure he has adequate cover at right-back until Trippier, who has been linked with Manchester United, returns in March.
It’s believed his preferred choice is versatile Arsenal ace Maitland-Niles, who has joined Trippier in Gareth Southgate’s recent England squads.
The midfielder-turned-defender, 23, has made 17 appearances under Mikel Arteta this season.
But a number of those games have come from the bench.
And Atletico believe Maitland-Niles would be tempted by a move to Spain with the opportunity of winning a title.
Indeed, Arsenal came close to selling the ace to Wolves last summer before a change of heart.
They are well stocked in the wing-back and midfield positions too.
And with a new creative midfielder on the agenda, Arteta could be open to a deal.
Maitland-Niles has been at Arsenal since 2003 and has made 117 appearances, with a further 32 coming on loan during a season at Ipswich Town.
He made his England debut in September against Denmark and has five full caps to his name.
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