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Aston Villa ‘to make second transfer bid’ for Arsenal playmaker Emile Smith Rowe after £20m offer rejected

ASTON VILLA are ready to make a second bid for Arsenal’s playmaker Emile Smith Rowe, according to reports.

The Villans saw a £20million bid rejected for the Gunners academy product Smith Rowe earlier this month.

Smith Rowe played a key role for Arsenal last season, scoring four as well as registering seven assists across all competitions


Smith Rowe played a key role for Arsenal last season, scoring four as well as registering seven assists across all competitionsCredit: GETTY IMAGES

And Arsenal insist that the 20-year-old is not for sale at any price.

The Gunners also want to tie Smith Rowe down to a new deal with the player entering his final two years on his current contract.

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But Arsenal’s strong stance hasn’t put Aston Villa off in their pursuit for Smith Rowe.

And according to the Express and Star, Villa will launch a second bid as they look to add to their already impressive attacking options.

Smith Rowe enjoyed a good breakout season in the first team, scoring four goals and providing seven assists across all competitions last season.

And with Jack Grealish reportedly a target of Premier League champions Manchester City in a potential £100m bid – Smith Rowe could be an ideal replacement.

But Villa are determined to keep their star man.

Dean Smith has already added Emiliano Buendia to his attacking ranks for a club-record fee of £38m.

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And Villa have re-signed Ashley Young for free, after the 35-year-old left Serie A champions Inter Milan.

Aston Villa are not the only club interested in Smith Rowe, Spanish giants Real Madrid are also interested in the 20-year-old.

And Los Blancos reportedly asked about Smith Rowe as part of a potential deal for Arsenal to sign Martin Odegaard.

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