Aston Villa remain determined to team up Jack Grealish with Emile Smith Rowe

Aston Villa refuse to be deterred after failing with a fresh £30million bid for Arsenal ace Emile Smith Rowe.

Villa are continuing to chase the Arsenal starlet who is yet to agree a new deal with the Gunners.

And Villa insist their bids for the attacking midfielder are not dependent on selling Jack Grealish, who is wanted by Manchester City.

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Villa have opened contract talks with skipper and England ace Grealish, who is a £100m target for champions City.

He is under contract until 2025 on £130,000-a-week but Villa want to increase Grealish’s terms amid interest from City.

Villa have also told Grealish’s representatives they do not wish to sell their prized asset.

Jack Grealish assisted Raheem Sterling in England’s Euros win over the Czech Republic

But boyhood Villa fan Grealish,25, is set to decide his future after the Euros where he is on international duty.

In the meantime Villa continue to make plans to bring in more talent to ease the burden on Grealish after winning just three of 12 games when he was injured earlier this year.

Villa have already paid a record £35m for Emiliano Buendia from Norwich.

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe is wanted by Aston Villa
Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe is wanted by Aston Villa

But boss Dean Smith wants even more creativity after letting Ross Barkley return to Chelsea once his loan ended.

They are now continuing to chase Smith Rowe, 20, who has just two years left on his Arsenal contract and is in talks over a new deal.

When discussing Grealish’s future towards the end of last season, Smith was resolute in the midlands side keeping their star midfielder.

“I’ve not risen to any speculation regarding Jack at all this season – he has been injured for the last 12 games,” said the Villa boss.

“He signed a brand new contract having seen the vision for the club from the owners at the start of the season.”

Villa also want Southampton midfielder and deadball ace James Ward-Prowse, aged 26.

Homegrown Smith Rowe joined Arsenal at the age of 10 and rose through their system before loans at RB Leipzig and Huddersfield Town.

He scored four goals in 33 appearances in all competitions in 2020-21

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