Mills: Aston Villa 'keen' to complete near-record Smith Rowe deal after key reveal
Aston Villa are “keen” to complete a deal for Emile Smith Rowe and may end up paying over the odds as a result.
That is according to ex-England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Aston Villa submitted a third bid for the 20-year-old.
Football Insider revealed on 6 July the Midlands outfit are submitting a near club-record bid for Smith Rowe after Arsenal hinted they will sell at the right price.
They have already rejected £25million and £30million bids for the attacking midfielder.
The third bid is understood to be slightly less than that £33million deal, which could rise to £38million with add-ons, which they did with Norwich City for Emiliano Buendia earlier this window.
Smith Rowe is out of contract in 2023 and there is uncertainty over his long-term future.
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“Even if the player’s keen, the fee still has to be good,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I often look at it the other way round, if they’re going in for a third bid, that means they really want him.
“If they really want him, they can hold out for a little bit more. Every coming has two sides and you can look at it from both perspectives.
“Yes, it’s apparent that Villa are keen to get him in but also, Arsenal will be thinking ‘We can get a bigger fee.'”
Smith Rowe enjoyed a breakout campaign for the Gunners last term.
The England Under-21 international scored twice and provided four assists in 20 Premier League games last season, including 18 starts.