ARSENAL star Emile Smith Rowe is reportedly set to finally sign a new long-term contract with the club.
Fabrizio Romano claims the playmaker will pen new five-year terms as the Gunners flog Willian, Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi.
Emile Smith Rowe is set to sign a new long-term contract with Arsenal[/caption]
Smith Rowe, 20, is ready to commit the next stage of his career to the Gunners after a stellar season.
The versatile attacking midfielder played 33 times in all competitions last term, scoring four goals.
And he has the chance to cement his spot as Arsenal’s chief playmaker following the end of Martin Odegaard’s loan from Real Madrid.
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Smith Rowe’s current contract expires in 2023 but Arsenal are keen to reward his efforts with a pay rise and extension.
And before talks began in April Arteta said: “We are going to have that discussion.
“I think Emile has earned the right to look at that situation because of the performances that he has produced.
“He’s very much engaged and wants to continue with us, that’s for sure.”
Yet SunSport revealed last month that the delay in agreeing the terms led Smith-Rowe to be the subject of interest from other Premier League clubs.
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Aston Villa were said to be eyeing a shock move for the England Under-21 midfielder before they secured Norwich City ace Emi Buendia.
Willian meanwhile is reportedly edging closer to the Emirates exit door as is Guendouzi following his season-long loan at Hertha Berlin.
And Xhaka is ‘edging closer’ to signing for former Spurs manager Jose Mourinho in Italy for Serie A giants Roma.