Neal Maupay is hot property at the moment, and the chances of him staying at Brentford seem to be getting smaller every day.
Maupay had an incredible season last year, and was one of the best players in the division, finishing at third in the top scorer charts with 25 goals – and eight assists – all while just 22.
If that wasn’t enough proof of his qualities, then perhaps reports suggesting that European giants Sevilla are chasing his signature might prove it.
The Daily Mail has reported that the Frenchman is worth £20million to Brentford and also that a host of Premier League clubs are interested.
FLW writer Tommy Joyce has answered six questions about the sale of Neal Maupay, to see whether the youngster is prepared to play for some of the bigger clubs in Europe.
Firstly, is it the right time for Maupay to leave Brentford?
“Realistically, it is going to be incredibly hard for Brentford to keep Maupay.
“With Maupay’s stock being so high after having such a great season, I think he will want to make the most of it by securing a better deal for himself at a much higher level.
“He has had two seasons in the Championship now after joining from Saint-Etienne, and while he struggled to be the starter at the beginning of his Brentford career, as soon as he started playing regularly in the Championship it was clear he was more than able at this standard.”
How much can Brentford get for him?
“Brentford are ready to cash in for Maupay, and cash in big.
“With Maupay scoring 41 goals in 95 games, Brentford will be holding out for around £20million for the player, which is what the Daily Mail reported in their previous report.
“Bidding is apparently at around £15million for the player, but I think they might be able to hold out more for him – especially when they’re asking for similar fees for Watkins and Benrahama – as Maupay is a more important and consistent performer, while in slightly different position.
“They brought Maupay in for a fee reported to be £1.6million by Sky Sports, and I’m extremely confident they’ll more than times that figure by ten if he is to move on.”
How likely is this deal to going to happen?
“As mentioned previously, I think it would be incredibly surprising if a deal doesn’t go through for the former France U21 international.
“Maupay has two years left on his deal, so I think it will suit all parties for Maupay to leave, considering the sum that they are likely to get for the striker.
“If he does stay an extra year, even if he plays well, then they will be forced to sell – most likely at a lower price – due to him only having one year afterwards.”
Is he good enough for Sevilla?
“Maupay has great speed, an eye for goal and can play on the shoulder.
“Whether he is up for the higher echelons of La Liga is yet to be seen.
“He has only proved himself in the second tiers in European leagues, scoring goals at Brest in Ligue 2 and obviously at Brentford.
“When playing for Nice and Saint-Etienne he had struggled to score a large amount of goals, but that was when he was a teenager.
“I think that Maupay would be a good signing for Sevilla, if they didn’t have to pay £20million for him. Obviously £20million is much more to a club in La Liga than the Premier League due to TV revenue, and it might be a big risk to splash all of that money on a player from the Championship.
“However, saying that, he clearly has immense talent and his speed is enough to give any defenders problems. It might be the case that he would need to be blooded in and given time and patience to prove himself.
“He could provide a good replacement for Ben Yedder, if rumours are true linking him to PSG.”
If not Sevilla, where else?
“Many Premier League teams will be looking at Maupay with a keen eye to see whether he is available.
“Teams who were promoted, such as Sheffield United and Villa are both allegedly interested, but Crystal Palace and Burnley have also shown interest.
“If Sevilla don’t stump up the money – which could be slightly less as they’re not selling to a rival club – then I would fully expect another Premier League team to make an offer.”
How will Brentford get on without him?
“It’s never easy when you lose your top goalscorer.
“Whether Brentford will be able to cope without him depends on how they potentially reinvest the money, and more importantly whether they can keep hold of the other attacking threats in their squads.
“Brentford can’t afford to lose two, let alone three of their exciting trio in Maupay, Watkins and Benrahama if they want to be pushing for the top six next season.
“Brentford tend to recruit well and if they can get £20million or thereabouts for Maupay and bring in another quality striker while improving the rest of the squad, then they should be okay.”