According to The Athletic (£), Arsenal are looking to tie down Emile Smith Rowe to a new contract befitting of his increased status at the club.
The England under-21 international has cemented his first team credentials since an impressive performance against Chelsea in December making a total of 27 appearances so far this season.
The 20-year-old still has two years left to run on a contract he signed in 2018 which was handed to him by Unai Emery following an eye-catching pre-season in the Spaniard’s first year.
In the last year, the Gunners have persuaded Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and, today, Folarin Balogun to commit their long-term futures to Arsenal. Getting Smith Rowe to do the same would further underline our commitment to giving young players a clear pathway to the first team.
Of course, it doesn’t always work out for all the Academy prospects. In the same article, David Ornstein suggests that Reiss Nelson could leave the club this summer while Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has made it clear he’d like to sign Joe Willock if he’s made available by Mikel Arteta.
Elsewhere, there are reports floating around that Spotify founder Daniel Ek has joined forces with Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry to discuss a possible takeover bid. The Swede, whose net worth is estimated by Forbes to be approximately £3.3 billion, professed his love for the club on social media on Friday.
24 hours earlier, Josh Kroenke told supporters at the club’s Fans’ Forum that he and his father have no intention of selling up.