London: Football Club Aston Villa has told Arsenal and Liverpool that the asking price for in-demand winger Stewart Downing is 20 million pounds.
The England ace, 26, has been told to stay at Villa Park unless the club’s asking price is met, acoording to a report in a daily.
Villa sources said they are not interested in sparking off a bidding war and the board remains adamant that Downing is not for sale.
The Gunners are reportedly ready to pay 18 million pounds for Downing, but has rubbished reports of an offer being made.
Liverpool’s offer of 15 million pounds for Downing was rejected last week, and they were expected to increase it to 16 million pounds.
They have also tried to tempt Villa by including fringe players in the deal, but new boss Alex McLeish is not interested in any kind of exchange.
First Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 17:48