Arsenal's rising star could extend loan – but club want option to buy

Emile Smith Rowe Arsenal RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig are keen to extend Emile Smith Rowe's loan deal from Arsenal – but they also want a purchase option.

Smith Rowe has struggled with injury since joining Leipzig on loan in January, but the German club think he's worth keeping for next season, according to Kicker (via GGFN).

The 18-year-old Croydon native signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal at the begninning of this season.

Leipzig are thought to be keen on adding an option to buy into any loan extension for the teenager, but Arsenal are unlikely to accept any such an option given that they didn't agree to one in January either.

The youngster has only made one Bundesliga appearance for Leipzig this season, having made a token substitute appearance in his side's early-April win over Wolfsburg. 

Smith Rowe will be coached by the Julian Naglesmann if he stays on next term – the highly rated boss takes over this summer, having overseen Reiss Nelson's development at Hoffenheim in 2018/19.

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