Date: 16th June 2021 at 8:05pm
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A few weeks back when Aston Villa comfortably pipped Arsenal to the signing of Norwich City star Emi Buendia, not only did it send some sections of the Gunnars into meltdown, there were a few Villans who quite liked the idea of seeing us rub salt into the wound by making an approach for their young talent, Emile Smith Rowe.

Rumours of our interest in the 20-year-old quickly died off, but they were back with a bang today as The Athletic published an exclusive saying that we had now gone in with a firm ยฃ25million bid for the versatile attacking midfielder, but that we were rebuffed by Arsenal as they want to secure him to a new contract and have no intention of letting him leave. His existing deal ties him up until 2023.

The England Under 21 international is certainly the type of player our transfer stance would suggest we’d be interested in, and although it’s believed we are moving for more experience in our captures this window, whilst he doesn’t boast much on that front, he did start 26 games for Arsenal in the PL and Europa League in 2020/21, with another seven substitute showings adding to his numbers. In those games, he chipped in with three goals and seven assists.

Vital Villa’s 2021 Summer Transfer Forum Thread

Whatever anyone thinks of Smith Rowe’s talents, and I don’t know much about him other than the name, if there is anything to this – building on our capture of Buendia – Villa are clearly flexing their muscles by going after top talent at European Super League (giggles) clubs.

It’s a massive statement of intent, even if it ultimately comes to nothing. We’re not battling for scraps anymore, and if we have genuinely made a bid for him, you can guarantee that in today’s modern football world, we have received a strong indication that Smith Rowe is open to at least entertaining the possibility of a move and given his star is on the rise at Arsenal, it shows just how far we have come in such a short space of time.

That fact hasn’t gone unnoticed by some Arsenal fans and a few others as you scan around the interweb.

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One Reply to “Offer Reportedly Rejected For Young England Talent, But Villa Are Serious This Summer & These Oppo Fans Know It”

  • Maybe he can be tempted into a move to a club with a European Cup in the trophy cabinet. Right now our odds of lifting another one must be shorter than Arsenal lifting their first. Isn’t this a great time to be a Villan.

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