Brentford manager Thomas Frank is playing hard-ball with former Bees boss Dean Smith, with the Villa boss keen on taking winger Said Benrahma to Villa Park, despite Frank slapping a £20million price tag on the Algerian international, according to the Express & Star.
Smith wants to pay less for the 23-year-old who scored 11 goals and made 14 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions last season.
So should Brentford hold out for £20million for Benrahma and settle for nothing less?
“Now they have set their stall out, they have to stick with it.
“If they buckle to a lower offer from Villa for Benrahama, then clubs will surely start fancying their chances of poaching some of their others players on the cheap, and with the likes of Neal Maupay and Ollie Watkins already attracting interest, that is not something they want to do.
“Benrahma has a long time left on his contract at Griffin Park so they are in no need to sell, meaning that agreeing to a lower fee than initially asked for now could set a dangerous precedent.”
“He is the best winger in the division and he would be a big blow if he was to leave.
“On that basis Brentford should do everything they can to keep him and if that means asking for £20m then that is up to them.
“Aston Villa are a Premier League club now and with that they have more finances available to them. Brentford know that and they can try and get as much money from them as possible.”
“No, they should accept anything around the £15m mark.
“Look, he’s a decent lad. He’s got skill on the ball and is as tricky as they come on his day.
“He’s not consistent enough for me though. Maybe that’ll pass in the Premier League, but I’m not convinced he’s as good as the likes of Maupay.
“Brentford have a good scouting network. Cash him in at £15m and get that money spent on three other players.”
“They have every right to.
“Brentford have always been a selling club but just for once it would be nice for them to say no and hold onto all their stars.
“Thomas Frank had them playing excellently towards the end of last season and I would love to see what he could do next season.
“But Brentford don’t need to sell so there is no reason why they should lower their price demands.”