Arsenal have reportedly turned down a bid for Emile Smith Rowe from Aston Villa.
David Ornstein broke the news this afternoon that the Villains had tabled a £25m offer for the 20 year old, which was rejected out of hand.
🚨 Exclusive: Arsenal reject bid of around £25m from Aston Villa for midfielder Emile Smith Rowe. #AFC working to renew 20yo’s contract — which ends in 2023 — & have no interest in selling. #AVFC pursuit underlines their ambition this summer @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/sPsrVzOVw4
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 16, 2021
Smith Rowe has two years left on his current deal, and is talks with the club over an extension. Elsewhere, it has been suggested that Real Madrid have their eye on the exciting attacking midfielder, and try and tempt Arsenal into a deal which includes Martin Odegaard who spent 5 months on loan with the Gunners last season.
It seems something of a coincidence that as Smith Rowe is negotiating a new deal with the club, this interest has appeared from elsewhere. It’s understandable why clubs would be interested in his talent, but it might also be an agent playing games to ensure the best possible contract.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports report that Brighton have turned down a £40m bid for Ben White.
The centre-half is keen on a move to North London, but the Seagulls are set to hold firm and look for a higher price for the 23 year old who is currently with the England squad at Euro 2020.
Elsewhere, it is believed Arsenal are continuing their pursuit of Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga having had an opening bid of €15m rejected earlier in the week.