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15-assist man unlikely to make Aston Villa switch before deadline

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Aston Villa’s move for Brentford winger Said Benrahma is unlikely to happen today, according to Gregg Evans of The Athletic.

The Algerian has been high on the wishlist of Dean Smith all summer but his former side are standing firm over their prized asset, determined not to lose him this summer.

Benrahma only made the move to Griffin Park last summer for around £1.5million but after an excellent debut season in England, during which he racked up ten goals and 15 assists in 38 second-tier games, Brentford knew they would face a battle to keep hold of him.

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Thomas Frank has already lost four first-team stars this summer, with striker Neal Maupay completing a move to Brighton, centre-back Ezri Konsa reuniting with Smith at Villa Park, goalkeeper Dan Bentley leaving for Bristol City and midfielder Romaine Sawyers making a return to West Brom.

Benrahma was also absent for Brentford’s opening day defeat to Birmingham City on Saturday, continuing to add to the speculation surrounding his future.

But with nine new faces arriving this summer, including the likes of Pontus Jansson and Ethan Pinnock, the Bees are clearly eager to make a serious push for promotion.

The verdict

I actually think Benrahma staying where he is is the best move for all parties here.

Villa would have to splash at least £20million to bring him in, which would seem uneccesary given the signings already made this summer, and there is no guarantee he would make the step-up.

Benraham will now be able to thrive as Brentford’s main man and possibly earn an even bigger move next summer, if promotion is not achieved.

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