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Aston Villa set to intensify interest in prolific forward

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Premier League side Aston Villa are set to step up their interest in Brentford striker Neal Maupay, according to exclusive reports from 90min.com.

The Villans have been very active in the transfer market this summer, as Dean Smith’s side look to cement their place in the top-flight next season.

The West Midlands outfit have spent close to £100m on transfer fees, with Brazilian striker Wesley arriving from Club Brugge for a club-record fee.

But it looks as if Dean Smith isn’t planning on stopping there when it comes to adding firepower in front of goal, with Maupay still on the club’s radar according to reports.

The 22-year-old scored 28 goals for the Bees in all competitions last season, and is a player that Smith will know very well indeed having managed him at Griffin Park.

The Villans, as well as Sheffield United, have been linked with Maupay’s signature all summer long, but the Blades have recently signed Lys Mousset from AFC Bournemouth, suggesting that Chris Wilder’s side may have pulled out of the race.

Maupay has been sent home from Brentford’s training camp in Austria in order to clear his head, with a potential departure on the horizon this summer.

The Verdict

Maupay looks destined to leave Brentford this summer, and it really wouldn’t surprise me if he were to go and sign for Villa.

They have spent big this summer, but they need to replace Tammy Abraham who is now back at Chelsea, and signing Wesley as well as Maupay would definitely go a long way in doing so.

They cannot afford to be like a Fulham, though, who spent so much money upon their return to the Premier League last season, but were relegated straight away.

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