Aston Villa are set to make a second bid for Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, according to John Percy of The Telegraph.
The Lowdown: First bid turned down
Villa had an offer in the region of £25m turned down by the Gunners for Smith Rowe last week, as reported by David Ornstein.
Smith Rowe was a regular under Mikel Arteta last season, making 37 appearances in all competitions. Arsenal have no intention to sell the 20-year-old, but it seems as if Villa aren’t giving up just yet.
Where will Villa finish this season?
The Latest: Percy’s claim
Percy shared the news in The Telegraph’s transfer notebook late on Tuesday evening.
He suggested that Villa are lining up a second offer, as they see a deal worth exploring. They envisage Smith Rowe playing in a front three alongside Emiliano Buendia and Ollie Watkins, with Jack Grealish as a Number 10.
A Villa source told Football Insider earlier this week that an improved bid was being prepared, and it seems as if that is the case following Percy’s update.
The Verdict: How many more signings will Villa make?
Should Villa be successful in their pursuit of Smith Rowe, he may not end up being their final addition of the window.
Bjorn Engels has also sealed a move to Royal Antwerp, so a new centre-back and back up ‘keeper could possibly join Smith Rowe and Ward-Prowse through the door.
It’s been a busy few weeks for Villa, but it’s good to see the club getting their business done early.
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