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Journalist discusses Aston Villa’s Emile Smith Rowe view

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.

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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.

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