Agbonlahor: Arsenal tipped to accept £60m bid for Smith Rowe after Aston Villa reveal
Aston Villa may have to pay £60million to secure a deal for Emile Smith Rowe, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer claimed Arsenal will have increased their asking price amid reports Jack Grealish may be on the move.
Football Insider revealed on 21 June Villa were preparing a second bid of £30million for the 20-year-old.
The Athletic reported yesterday (28 June) Villa have submitted the bid and it has been rejected by Arsenal.
“I think the problem is Villa were clever and they got Emi Buendia in early before this Grealish talk came along,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“But now clubs are not silly, they’re smart to it. Even Arsenal, Smith Rowe is one of their brightest young players.
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“The money Villa are offering, they’re never going to get him. Arsenal know they might get £100million for Grealish and will ask for something stupid for Smith Rowe. They probably want £50million, £60million, and that would be accepted if Villa offered it.
“They’re going to put money on top because they know Villa are going to get a bigger fee for Grealish.
“I don’t think that will go any further, I don’t think Smith Rowe is worth the money that Arsenal want.
“It’s just a shame now for Villa because whatever they deal want to get done, they’re going to have to pay over the top.”
Smith Rowe enjoyed a breakout campaign for the Gunners last season after breaking into the side on Boxing Day last year.
He has two years left to run on his contract.