Aston Villa have shown interests in signing Emile Smith Rowe after submitting a second official bid to Arsenal this summer. Aston Villa initially offered £25m for the Arsenal’s academy graduate but the bid was rejected by the Midlands club. Villa approached the club once again with a further improved bid of £30m which was once again rejected by the Gunners.
It looks like Arsenal are not in a mood to sell their highly rated academy boy. The Gunners have clearly indicated that the 20-year-old playmaker is not for sale.
Aston Villa see Emile Smith Rowe as potential replacement for Jack Grealish
It was reported last week by David Ornstein that Arsenal had turned down a £25m offer from Villa, reporting at the start of the month that the Gunners remain confident he will sign a long-term contract with the club.
Emile Smith Rowe has two years left at the club. The club are in ongoing talks to extend Emile Smith Rowe’s current contract, which expires in June 2023, and the Arsenal hierarchy remain hopeful he will sign a new contract.
Villa have recently snatched Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City in a deal worth £35m. The Lions have also signed Ashley Young for free this summer. But it seems they will struggle to convince the Gunners to sell one of their most prized assets in this summer window.
Manchester City recently have been very speculative for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish. The Premier League winners are eager to get his signature for a potential move to Etihad this summer. The deal could cost over a £100m. The England international has four years left in his contract at Villa Park. The 25-year-old has scored 7 goals & 12 assists for Aston Villa last season.
The Midlands club opened talks with Grealish over a new and improved contract at the end of last week and have no intention of selling him despite Manchester City planning to make a formal offer for the England international after Euro 2020. The player was named in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the EURO 2020. Grealish started the game against Scotland and came on as a substitute against Czech Republic on Wednesday. The player is yet to add his name to the scoresheet as England face Germany in the last 16 of the Euros.
Arsenal remain hopeful that contract talks will soon reach a successful conclusion and he will commit his long-term future to the club, but until the contract is signed, interested clubs will continue to believe there is an opportunity to prize the young attacker Emile Smith Rowe away from Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal’s new head of football operations Richard Garlick is leading the contract negotiations, with a five-year deal believed to be being discussed.