Emile Smith Rowe is being linked with a return to the Bundesliga despite Arsenal rejecting a request from RB Leipzig to extend last season’s loan arrangement for a further year.
The 18-year-old moved to the Red Bull Arena in January even though he was nursing a groin injury and featured just three times before time ran out on the deal.
Having earned a first team promotion and a new squad number on his return London, it looked as though the midfielder, who scored three goals and six games for Unai Emery in the first half of last season, was being lined up for a year challenging for a regular start.
Injury has stopped him from taking part in any of our four Stateside friendlies and now there are suggestions that we could be open to loaning him again after all.
The Independent report that Wolfsburg have shown an interest in Smith Rowe and that Leipzig could try and get him back. It also claims that Arsenal will take their time over any deal while the teenager continues his rehabilitation from a hip problem.
There’s no rush to do a deal with foreign suitors given the transfer window in most other European leagues is longer than the Premier League version.