Villa’s attacking hunt
Aston Villa have been in the market for creative reinforcements all summer. Argentine creator Emiliano Buendia has already joined the club from Norwich City in a 35 million pound move, and the Villans were thought to be keen on Arsenal attacker Emile Smith Rowe, too, amid reports of two bids being rejected.
🚨 EXCL: Aston Villa make 2nd bid to sign Emile Smith Rowe from Arsenal. After ~£25m offer rejected, new ~£30m proposal also rebuffed. #AFC adamant 20yo midfielder not for sale but new contract not agreed + #AVFC don’t seem to be going away @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/jWL7jIKJVk
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 28, 2021
However, Arsenal have no desire to sell their young talent, with Mikel Arteta having told the press that:
He will stay here. 100%
Arteta on Smith Rowe’s future:
Q – Are you determined to keep Emile Smith Rowe despite Aston Villa’s interest?
🗣 Without a question. Yes. He will stay here. 100%.
Q – What do you make of Aston Villa’s bids?
🗣 No comment. pic.twitter.com/6UGFVvtGz1
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) July 13, 2021
Smith Rowe is expected to sign a new deal in north London, which will once and for all end interest this summer.
Bailey emerges as a new target
On the back of this disappointment, Villa have seemingly identified Jamaican winger Leon Bailey as their new target. The Bayer Leverkusen man, now 23 years old, registered 9 goals and 9 assists in 30 Bundesliga outings last campaign.
Leon Bailey firmly on Villa’s radar now, as per the ace @TomCollomosse. The Jamaican, 23, is bang in form; 15 goals & 11 assists for Leverkusen last season playing predominantly on the right. LB can play across a front three; fits the profile #avfc want. Villa moved on from ESR.
— Ashley Preece (@PreeceObserver) July 21, 2021
As per the Daily Mail, any deal would be for a fee in the region of 25-30 million pounds, and would see Anwar El Ghazi’s future lie away from Villa Park.
Whilst this potentially represents more fantastic business for the midlands outfit, there remains a large, Jack Grealish-shaped cloud over any summer moves at Villa. Keeping hold of him would be their best decision in years.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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