Aston Villa are submitting 'huge' bid for player 'just like Grealish' - Whelan
Arsenal may be tempted to sell Emile Smith Rowe to Aston Villa for a fee of £32.5million, according to Noel Whelan.
However, the former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, is adamant the Gunners would be better off keeping the 20-year-old.
Aston Villa have had bids for Smith Rowe of £25million and £30million rejected by Arsenal.
Football Insider revealed on 6th July that the Midlands club are submitting a third bid for the attacking midfielder after Arsenal hinted they may sell at the right price.
Smith Rowe has two years remaining on his contract at the Emirates.
Whelan claimed “there will be uproar” in north London if the club sanction the sale of the highly regarded academy product.
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“I think £32.5million is a huge amount of money for a player who has had one good season so maybe that will tempt Arsenal in selling him to Villa,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“But I think Arsenal need Smith Rowe more than they need the £30-odd million right now. We can all see the potential in him.
“The way he plays football is just like a Jack Grealish. He draws players in with his runs and commits them and that is very Jack Grealish-like.
“It sounds like they are preparing for life after Jack. It looks to me like they are.
“If Arsenal let him go there is going to be uproar from the fans. Smith Rowe and Saka were the shining lights from last season.”