It seems as though it could be a long summer transfer window for Brentford fans.
There are still almost two months of the window to go, and already offers are coming in for one of the club’s key players.
According to The Sun, recently promoted Aston Villa have made an £8.9million bid for the winger, and although Sky Sports have since reported that an offer from Villa has been rejected, there is still plenty of time for a new bid to come in for the Algerian.
Here, Football League World takes a closer look at Benrahma’s situation following Villa’s approach in our latest six point opinion piece.
Firstly, why the interest in Benrahma?
“When you look at Benrahma’s record this season, it is easy to see why.
“He has been in fantastic form this season, scoring ten goals and perhaps more importantly, providing a league high 14 assists.
“With Villa heading to the Premier League, it is that sort of goals and assists return that could prove crucial in keeping them in the top flight.”
Does the fact that it’s Villa add extra concern for Brentford?
“You would imagine it will.
“Not only will it give Benrahma the chance to play in the Premier League, but it would also give him the opportunity to play for the manager who brought him to Brentford, and England, last summer: Dean Smith.
“Playing under someone who evidently trusts him as much as Smith does would surely give Benrahma a huge confidence boost ahead of what would be his first Premier League campaign.”
How much will Brentford want for Benrahma?
“Evidently a lot more than Villa have offered initially.
“According to Sky Sports it will take a ‘huge offer’ for Brentford to even consider letting the Algerian go.
“That at least should provide some reassurance to Bees fans heading into the rest of the summer window.”
Is that the right stance from Brentford?
“Benrahma has three years left on his contract at Griffin Park, so they are in no need to sell for a reduced fee anytime soon.
“If Benrahama is to go then he will undoubtedly need to be replaced, so The Bees would understandably want a significant fee in order to fund the search for his replacement.”
Will Villa be back with a fresh offer?
“They will be much less restricted when it comes to finances now that they have secured promotion, and knowing Benrahma like he does, Smith may well push hard for this deal to happen.
“Having released a number of first teams players at the end of the season – and with the loan deals of several more coming to an end – Villa are going to have to work hard in the summer if they are to put a squad in place capable of competing in the top flight, so they may not have made their final move for Benrahma.”
Finally, where would it leave Brentford if Benrahma does go?
“It would leave them in big trouble.
“Other key attacking men such as Neal Maupay and Ollie Watkins are also being linked with moves to the Premier League, so if they were to lose all three of those, they would seriously need to recruit some fresh goalscoring threats heading into the new season, or they could well be looking over their shoulder.
“Even if it is just Benrahma who goes, they would still be loosing a hugely valuable attacking asset, and one that would surely need to be replaced if they are to keep their own hopes of reaching the Premier League alive.”