Aston Villa have been handed an exciting transfer update in their pursuit of Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe.
Recent reports from The Athletic’s David Ornstein suggested that Dean Smith’s side had put in an initial £25m bid for Smith Rowe, before upping that offer to £30m – both were promptly rejected by the north Londoners.
Then, The Express and Star’s Matt Maher insisted that “Villa are refusing to give up their pursuit” of the youngster, “as they continue with an ambitious summer transfer strategy, aimed at bolstering Dean Smith’s attacking options.”
And now, via The Daily Mirror’s print edition (04/07, p76), the Midlands club now think that Arsenal are now ready to sell Smith Rowe this summer, and are ready to up their bid to £32.5m.
It’s added that Arsenal’s attempts to tie down Smith Rowe to a new contract has failed to come to fruition, and the Gunners are now considering reluctantly letting him go, with Villa now confident of striking a deal.
Well, well, well. Talk about a twist in the tale!
After initially looking like Villa were simply posturing with their offers for Smith Rowe, it appears Smith and the club’s transfer committee were right all along with targeting the England U21 international this summer.
After Villa’s first bid for the play-maker was revealed, The Athletic’s Aston Villa correspondent Gregg Evans said: “Villa’s ambitions are becoming crystal clear. Not only are they showing no signs of slowing down their spending spree under Sawiris and Edens, but they are also looking at ways to weaken clubs who could be direct rivals.
“Bidding for Smith Rowe is the most obvious sign yet of that. But this strategic approach of trying to pick apart big teams is taking Villa to a new level. That they feel Smith Rowe is an achievable target says everything about the way the club are moving forward. The very thought of taking away one of Arsenal’s most exciting young players just a few years ago would have been laughed at.”
The fact that Arsenal are now seemingly open to letting him go and that Villa are confident of getting a deal done is a major twist that will surely leave supporters absolutely buzzing at the prospect of Smith Rowe joining.
You only have to look at the kind of reaction Villa fans had when links emerged to the 20-year-old, and it now appears they have every reason to be excited for real.