Atletico Madrid look set to dispatch a strong January offer for Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Atletico Madrid have been observing the flexible defender’s advancement for as long as a year.
Trippier’s 10-week boycott for penetrating betting rules is relied upon to see Atletico test Arsenal’s purpose to keep the England international.
Atletico are currently top of La Liga with two games in hand on rivals Real Madrid and have a rare chance to win the title for only the second time in 25 years – and need to strengthen their defensive resources in the forthcoming window.
FIFA confirmed to Sky Sports News on Thursday that the former Tottenham wing-back’s ban will be implemented worldwide, confirming he will miss at least 13 games for Atletico.
Maitland-Niles has been one of the positive parts of a troublesome season for Arsenal, who sit fifteenth in the Premier League, only four points over the relegation places.