Aston Villa’s attempts to sign Brentford striker Neal Maupay this summer could be thwarted by the club’s asking price. 

According to The Mirror, Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is keen on a deal to bring Maupay to the club, but Brentford’s valuation of the forward is proving to be an issue.

The report claims that Brentford’s asking price is “prohibitive”, meaning that it could cause Villa to look elsewhere in the transfer market to strengthen their squad.

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Maupay scored 28 goals in all competitions for Brentford last season and is now, understandably, attracting interest from a host of clubs, with the Championship side looking to maximise his value. 

Along with Maupay, Villa are said to be interested in Bristol City’s Adam Webster, Stoke’s Jack Butland and another Brentford star by the name of Said Benrahma. 

Villa have already signed Wesley, Jota, Anwar El Ghazi and Kortney Hause since their promotion was sealed at Wembley last month.

How much is Maupay worth?

Under £20m

Over £20m