Aston Villa are still keen to sign Brentford winger Said Benrahma, although they do not want to pay the £20million asking price for the Algerian, The Express and Star have reported.
It was reported recently by The Sun that Villa had made an £8.9million bid for Benrahma, with Sky Sports later claiming that an approach from the newly promoted Premier League side had seen an approach for Benrahma rejected by Brentford.
The Sun have since reported that Brentford have placed a £20million price tag on Benrahma, as they look to keep hold of one of their prized assets.
It was the now Aston Villa manager Dean Smith who signed Benrahma for Brentford last summer, with the Algerian going onto score 11 goals and provide 14 assists during his debut season at Griffin Park.
Benrahma signed a four-year contract when he moved to Brentford last season, meaning The Bees are under no pressure to sell the winger in the current transfer window.
Villa recently broke their club transfer record to sign Brazilian striker Wesley Moraes from Belgian side Club Brugge for £22million, as reported by Sky Sports.
It seems as though it could be a difficult summer for Brentford.
Benrahma may well be tempted to take his chance in the Premier League, particularly with former manager Dean Smith in charge at Villa Park.
With Villa not expected to bid at Brentford’s asking price of £20million, it will be important that The Bees stick to their ground when it comes to negotiations, both in terms of keeping Benrahma and the message it will send out to sides considering approaches for other members of their squad.