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Tottenham set to make shock bid for £20m star Ainsley Maitland-Niles from rivals Arsenal

Tottenham are plotting an audacious swoop for Ainsley Maitland-Niles from arch-rivals Arsenal.

Transfers between the two north London rivals are rare – but when they have occurred they’ve caused huge controversy, most notably Sol Campbell’s switch from White Hart Lane to Highbury in 2001.

And Spurs are understood to be monitoring Maitland-Niles’ situation at the Emirates Stadium this summer as they look to bolster at right-back.

The 22-year-old’s future is unclear at Arsenal after the club told him they would listen to offers to raise funds for incoming transfers.

The Gunners would listen to offers in the region of £20million for Maitland-Niles.

Mourinho has made a new right-back a top priority this summer after losing faith with Serge Aurier, who is set to leave the club during the transfer window.

Maitland-Niles is a central midfielder by trade but has excelled at right-back or right-wing back under Mikel Arteta.

And his versatility is viewed as a huge plus by Tottenham’s recruitment team.

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