Aston Villa’s chances of signing Emile Smith Rowe appear to be on the wane after it was claimed Emile Smith Rowe had a verbal agreement in place over a new contract at the Emirates.
Villa have had two bids of £25m and £30m rejected for the Gunners attacker, but that has not stopped Villa from pursuing the 20-year-old.
It remains to be seen whether Villa will make a third attempt to lure Smith Rowe to B6 amid claims that Arsenal would not even consider a bid of £75m.
Arsenal are said to be confident of extending Smith Rowe’s stay in north London with the midfielder approaching the final year of his contract.
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And transfer expert and journalist Fabrizio Romano said in an interview with CBS Sports’ Que Golazo, he feels Smith Rowe will not be leaving Mikel Arteta’s side.
“He’s not signed yet,” he said.
“But before Emile was going to holiday this summer, he had like a verbal agreement ready with Arsenal, this is what I know.
“So he’s waiting to come back from holiday and then to meet with Arsenal, complete some details and then sign the new contract with Arsenal.
“So from Smith Rowe’s side, he wants to stay at Arsenal, many times he said about he’s living his dream playing for Arsenal, he wants to stay and Arsenal are so happy with him.
“So if someone wants to break the agreement, verbal agreement between Smith Rowe and Arsenal, they need to break the bank.
“So my feeling is that Smith Rowe is staying, and they’re gonna extend this contract because as I said, some weeks ago, it was already prepared.”
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