Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been given permission by manager Mikel Arteta to secure a winter move to Roma.
The England international has barely started games for the Gunners this term, and he is now close to joining the Giallorossi on loan.
The north London club were initially reluctant to sanction the deal amid the lack of midfield options. Arteta has now given the go-ahead.
Maitland-Niles will join the Serie A outfit on a straight-loan deal. Roma will need to negotiate a permanent move separately in the summer.