Aston Villa have had an offer of around £25m rejected by Arsenal for midfielder Emile Smith Rowe.
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Villa, who have already sealed a club-record deal for Emiliano Buendia this summer, were first credited with an interest in Smith Rowe back at the start of the month.
The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath was the man who shared the news, claiming Villa hold an interest while a new deal with the Gunners is yet to be finalised.
It seems as if Villa have now firmed up their interest with an official bid, however, they haven’t been successful in their opening offer.
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The Latest: Ornstein update
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Villa have had a bid of £25m knocked back by Arsenal, who are working to extend his Emirates stay.
Ornstein posted the news on Twitter, saying:
“Exclusive: Arsenal reject bid of around £25m from Aston Villa for midfielder Emile Smith Rowe. #AFC working to renew 20yo’s contract — which ends in 2023 — & have no interest in selling. #AVFC pursuit underlines their ambition this summer”
The Verdict: Should Villa go back in with another bid?
Smith Rowe was described as ‘exceptional’ by Mikel Arteta earlier this year, but it could now make sense to look elsewhere after their big-money bid was turned down.
Villa have already spent big on Buendia and will pursue a deal for Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse in what could be a huge fee, so alternative attacking midfield options may now be a shrewd call.
He scored more league goals (11) than Smith Rowe (2) and registered more assists (6) than the Arsenal man (4) last season. The Brazilian is also just 25 years of age, so could he be the missing piece in Dean Smith’s attacking jigsaw instead of Smith Rowe?
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