Reports from England suggest that Aston Villa is preparing a second bid of £30 million for attacking midfielder Emile Smith Rowe.
A product of Arsenal’s Hale End academy, Smith Rowe broke into their first team last December and established himself as an influential presence in one of the creative attacking-midfield roles. He helped turn around a massive slump in Arsenal’s performances with his energetic off-the-ball running coupled with secondary playmaking. His electric form has reportedly garnered the interest of clubs in England and Spain.
Aston Villa acted upon their interest in the playmaking midfielder last week as they bid £25 million for the England Under-21 player. But Arsenal rejected this bid as they look to offer fresh terms to Smith Rowe and tie him down to a new long-term deal at the club. Arsenal has made it clear that they are not looking to sell Smith Rowe and will not entertain any offers for the Englishman.
According to new reports, Aston Villa is unlikely to back down and is preparing to make a second bid for the Englishman. This rumoured bid is reported to be in the region of £30 million, an improvement of £5 million from their previous offer. Bit all the signs from Arsenal suggest that they will not be selling their highly-rated youngster as Gunners’ manager Mikel Arteta aims to make Smith Rowe a key player in the Arsenal squad.
Emile Smith Rowe scored 4 goals and racked up 8 assists in 33 appearances for Arsenal in the 2020/21 campaign.