Stan Collymore reacts as Aston Villa make fresh Emile Smith Rowe bid
Stan Collymore appears to have hinted on Twitter that Emile Smith Rowe may well be interested in leaving Arsenal for Aston Villa amid reports of a second bid.
It was claimed by The Athletic on Monday that the Villans had seen a fresh offer for the 20-year-old rejected.
According to the report, Villa offered Arsenal around £30 million for Smith Rowe, having previously put £25 million on the table.
However, the Gunners have refused the bid as they continue contract talks with the attacking midfielder.
Arsenal fans seemed to have little time for the notion that Aston Villa were not giving up on their pursuit of the academy graduate.
But it does appear that there may be plenty of twists ahead. Dean Smith’s side are seemingly not going away.
And perhaps, Smith Rowe may not be disappointed about that.
Collymore has taken to social media following the reports. And in response to an Arsenal fan, he appeared to suggest that Smith Rowe could have shut the speculation down immediately if he had wanted to…
I’ve only been involved in 4 club record transfers and a national record transfer so I’ll bow to your superior understanding of transfers.
But every one started with..
“Do you fancy xxx?”
If you say no, it stops there. If you smile and nod to your agent, the club keeps going. https://t.co/Ofia7AF5sb
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) June 28, 2021
Surely Emile Smith Rowe is not swapping Arsenal for Aston Villa despite latest bid
Despite Collymore’s claim, it remains incredibly difficult to imagine Smith Rowe swapping Arsenal for Aston Villa.
It was previously claimed that £75 million would not be enough to tempt the Gunners into selling.
Of course, their stance could soften slightly if they struggle to sell some of their fringe players.
However, there is still a huge gulf between their respective valuations.
Smith Rowe may perhaps be tempted to consider his options. But surely he must be aware that Arsenal will not cash in for anything like £30 million.
Perhaps, the youngster may be using Villa’s interest for leverage. Arsenal must surely need to put a better contract offer on the table now the Villans have made their move.
But, from the outside, it still seems so unlikely that he will end the window as an Aston Villa player – unless something big happens.