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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 club were thought to be keen on Arsenal’s attacker Emile Smith Rowe too, with 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 telling 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 window.

Bailey emerges as a new target

Following 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 in the region of 25-30 million pounds, and would see Anwar El Ghazi’s future lie away from Villa Park.

Whilst this represents potentially more fantastic business for the midlands outfit, there remains a large, Jack Grealish shaped cloud over any summer business that they do. Keeping hold of him would be their best deal in years.

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