Aston Villa’s chances of signing Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe appear to be receding after a trusted source suggested he has already agreed to stay at the Emirates and sign a new deal.
The 20-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season for the Gunners, making 18 starts among 20 Premier League outings. He made 33 appearances in all competitions and bagged four goals – two in the top flight. His displays caught the eye of a few clubs but it is the Villans who have shown their hand first.
Manager Dean Smith is a big fan of the England Under-21 star and seems intent on landing his man. It was reported that the West Midlanders first tried their luck with a £25m bid for the attacking midfielder.
That was rejected and they upped their offer by £5m to try and persuade the north Londoners to play ball. However, it seems as though Mikel Arteta will not sanction the youngster’s exit.
Arsenal are digging their heels in and will reportedly not listen to any offers. And respected transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has now had his say on the matter.
Speaking on the Que Golazo Podcast, the Italian suggested that terms of a new contract have been agreed. And any suitor is wasting their time as it will be signed as soon as the relevant parties can get together.
“It’s not signed yet, but before Emile went on holiday this summer he had a verbal agreement ready with Arsenal, this is what I know,” he said. “He’s coming back from his holidays and to meet with Arsenal, complete some details and then sign the contract with Arsenal.”
Smith Rowe only has eyes for Arsenal
The Croydon-born ace come up through the Arsenal youth ranks after joining the club at the age of 10. He has already made 45 senior appearances and bagged seven goals.
It is no surprise that clubs are keen and Villa are the one to have shown intent to date. Smith Rowe’s future may not be quite secure just yet but remaining at the Emirates does appear the likeliest scenario.
Romano added: “From Smith Rowe’s side he wants to stay at Arsenal, many times he’s said he’s living his dream with Arsenal.
“He wants to stay and Arsenal are so happy with him, so if someone wants to break the verbal agreement with Arsenal, they need to break the bank.”