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Aston Villa linked Emile Smith Rowe

Aston Villa are being linked with Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, despite the Gunners having already rejected a first bid for the player. The youngster enjoyed a breakout 2020/21 season, making 33 appearances and scoring 4 goals in all competitions for Arsenal.

According to The Athletic, his strong performances have attracted the attention of Aston Villa who made an initial bid of £25m, but saw that first offer swiftly rejected.

Villa have now returned with a second offer of £30m as their priority remains a No.10 with Smile Rowe as ‘their top target in that department.’

Despite the sustained interest, The Athletic also suggest that Arsenal ‘are not inviting the offers’ for the youngster and ‘are clear they have no interest in selling the player, and that position has been communicated to Villa.’ The suggestion is that the £30m offer is not sufficiently attractive enough to even entertain the thought of selling Smith Rowe this summer.

Alongside the obvious loss of an academy player is the idea that after a poor 2020/21 campaign, losing a player who has risen through the ranks to a team who are looking to close the gap would be a disastrous move for the ownership, especially as the Kroenke’s are still reeling after the collapse of the proposed European Super League.