I know him well – Mourinho breaks silence on transfer for Arsenal midfielder

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he knows Arsenal midfielder, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, “well” after they agreed a loan deal in principle for him.

Maitland-Niles is now expected to join the Serie A club until the end of the season.

With the England international edging close to a temporary Emirates exit, Mourinho admits he knows him well from his time in charge of Chelsea and Tottenham.

“I don’t feel comfortable talking about him, because nobody has officially told me that he is our player.

“He grew up at Arsenal when I was at Chelsea and Tottenham, so I know him well,” Mourinho said via Football Italia.

Roma’s current financial situation reportedly meant that they were only able to offer an initial loan fee, but the Serie A side could resume talks over a permanent move towards the end of Maitland-Niles’s spell.

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