Aston Villa has increased its interest in Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe by making a formal offer for the player, according to The Telegraph.

What is the latest news on Smith Rowe?

Earlier this month it was announced that villa are interested in signing Smith Rowe this summer after the youngster impressed in the Emirates in 2020/21.

It goes without saying that they have now offered the 20-year-old £ 25m to lure him away from the Gunners.

How does Arsenal feel about Smith Rowe?

Arsenal have turned down Villa’s original offer and reportedly have no intention of selling Smith Rowe. The North London club are currently in advanced talks with the creative midfielder about a contract extension.

He has two years left on his Arsenal contract, but transfer expert Fabrizio Romano confirmed last week that Smith Rowe is on the verge of signing a new deal with Mikel Arteta’s side that will keep him at the club until June 2026.

This suggests that Villa is unlikely to be successful in landing Smith Rowe in the coming weeks.

What were Smith Rowe’s stats like for the 2020-21 season?

Smith Rowe didn’t play for Arsenal until November that season but made up for lost time when he joined the team.

After scoring goals in each of his first three Europa League games, the rising star got his first league start on Boxing Day against Chelsea and he did not disappoint.

He assisted the Blues in a 3-1 win and then was directly involved in goals over the next two months in wins against West Brom, Newcastle and Leeds.

Smith Rowe’s Premier League appearances earned him a call to England’s U21 national team in March, and he started in the team’s first two group matches at the European Championship.

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Will Villa Arsenal be a thorn in the side?

It seems so.

Just last week they managed to sign Norwich winger Emiliano Buendia, a player Arsenal also wanted to buy.

Now Villa is trying to find one of Arsenal’s brightest young talents in Smith Rowe, which suggests they aren’t afraid to pull up some feathers in the transfer market.

Whether they can hit a deal across the line remains to be seen but they are certainly showing ambition in the early stages of the transfer window and just days after defeating Arsenal against Buendia, they seem to be disrupting Arteta’s summer plans again by leaving after a player, that the three-time Premier League champions are trying to tie to a new long-term contract.

This is another indicator of Villa’s ambition under Edens & Sawiris, as recent reports claim that the club’s owners are regularly looking to battle for a top 4 spot forward.

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