Aston Villa have targeted Said Benrahma in a bid to strengthen their attacking options ahead of their first season back in the Premier League, but Sky Sports News report that their first offer has been rejected.
The Sun reported that Villa submitted a £8.9 million bid to Brentford, who turned it down and suggested it would take a huge bid for them to consider selling.
The Villans have already bolstered their wingers with the additions of Jota and the permanent signing of Anwar El Ghazi, but could go back in for the Algerian.
Here’s our latest FLW Six Point Opinion on the link between Aston Villa and Said Benrahma….
Is Benrahma ready for the Premier League?
“He has proved himself more than capable in the Championship. He finished the season as the highest assist maker in the league with 15, and also scored 10.
“His playing style is well suited to the English game and that would be no different in the Premier League.
“As well as his productivity, Benrahma is excellent with the ball at his feet and he can take on defenders with ease. He would be a fantastic outlet for Villa next year.”
Would he play regularly at Villa?
“Well, he would be an upgrade on Jota and El Ghazi, that’s for sure.
“He could easily become one of Villa’s key players, just as he was at Brentford last season, and if that’s the case he would be the first name on the team sheet.
“Dean Smith was the man who brought him to The Bees and the fact he wants to sign him again suggests he has a lot of faith in the player, which makes him more likely to play.”
Are Brentford likely to sell if the price is right?
“Brentford have stated that it would take an offer worth a lot more than the £9 million they have received.
“That indicates that they are willing to stand firm and hold out for as much as possible, and since that price is unknown it is unlikely that Villa will be able to meet their demands.
“It is possible that Villa will have to pay in the region of £15-20 million and it is questionable whether they can afford that.
“Brentford signed him for less than £2m last summer and would make a large profit from any sale, so there is still potential in this deal.”
Should Aston Villa set their sights on other targets?
“Adding El Ghazi and Jota was a good move by Villa, but they lack that spark at Premier League level which Benrahma could provide.
“The 23-year-old is a game changer, and he provides match winning moments which are essential to survival in the top-tier. Villa should do whatever they can do bring him on board.
“However, if negotiations get to the stage where it is no longer a financially viable option, then they should begin to look elsewhere, as they need to strengthen other areas of the squad too and don’t have a limitless supply of money.”
Why are Brentford so determined to keep him?
“Along with Neal Maupay he is one of their stand-out players, and his value is only likely to increase given his age and performance.
“After their first season in the Championship when they made the play-offs Brentford haven’t challenged for promotion. They now have several quality players and if they can retain those and bring in a few more they could begin to challenge near the top.
“Benrahma is a crucial outlet to them and a big factor in their playing style and their attacking drive. Losing him would be a big blow which is why they want so much for him.
Is there a risk of the player becoming unhappy by Brentford’s refusal to sell?
“Absolutely, a player of Benrahma’s quality should be playing in the Premier League and if he is aware of the interest from Villa he could angle for a move.
“On the other hand, he should repay the faith shown by Brentford to bring him to England in the first place. He has done well in his first season but should stick with the club if they really need him.
“The Bees could promise to let him leave at the end of next season if he stays to help mount a promotion challenge. That would be a deal that works in both parties’ favour and could be the way to persuade him to stay.