Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe is a player Aston Villa felt they could get in, journalist Luke Hatfield has told Football FanCast.
The Midlands club have made two unsuccessful bids for the 20-year-old attacking midfielder, with the last thought to be worth around £30m, per The Athletic.
According to multiple reports, including from the Evening Standard, Smith Rowe is now set to sign a new contract at Arsenal, while manager Mikel Arteta has stated that the English youngster will 100 per cent be staying in north London.
It now looks very unlikely that Villa will sign Smith Rowe this summer despite there seemingly being some confidence at one stage.
“Villa felt that Smith Rowe was a player that they could potentially get in, admittedly, for a large amount of money,” Hatfield of the Express & Star said.
“But if that deal is signed, then obviously it’s done and dusted in terms of Villa’s interest, at least for a season or so.”
Villa supporters will now be wondering where manager Dean Smith will turn to, with Burnley’s Dwight McNeil perhaps being a possibility.
Earlier this month, Football Insider reported that Villa would set their sights on the Burnley winger if they ended up missing out on Smith Rowe.