By Alan Hutton

25th Jun, 2021 | 8:30am

Arsenal may be dealt 'hammer blow' by Aston Villa after source drops transfer update - Hutton

Alan Hutton has insisted losing Emile Smith-Rowe to Aston Villa would be a “hammer blow” for Arsenal.

The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there would be an “outcry” among Gunners fans if the 20-year-old is sold.

As revealed by Football Insider on Monday (June 21st), Villa are preparing a second bid of £30million for Smith-Rowe after having a £25million offer rejected.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider Villa could bid even higher to prise the attacking midfielder from Arsenal if given encouragement over a deal.

Hutton insisted he would be surprised if the Villans manage to sign Smith-Rowe.

However, he admitted money talks when it comes to transfers.

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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Obviously it depends on what Arsenal’s finances are and what areas they’re looking to get players in.

“If they were to let Smith-Rowe go, I think there’d be an outcry, if I’m totally honest. Unless it was some sort of stupid figure, you know how the Arsenal fans react.

“Him and Saka were arguably their best players. To let one of them go to what I would see now as a rival club would be a hammer blow to Arsenal fans, Arteta and the club in general.

“I’d be very surprised if they manage to get their man but money does talk. If they get to a figure where they’re happy with that then obviously it will happen.

“It seems like Villa do have the money to spend. It’s just going to come down to whether Arsenal are willing to let one of their young prospects leave.

“You wouldn’t have thought they would want it but if the figure’s right, anybody is for sale.”  

In other news, Aston Villa chiefs fear they have made a big mistake over marquee signing.