As per a report from Sky Sports News, Brentford star man Neal Maupay was left out of the club’s squad for their friendly meeting with Dynamo Kiev this morning, amid the increasing uncertainty surrounding his future.
French striker Maupay, who can also play in an attacking midfield role, enjoyed a stellar campaign with Brentford last season.
Across all competitions, the 22-year-old racked up 28 goals and 8 assists. 25 of his strikes, meanwhile, came in the Championship.
As such, it has long-appeared unlikely that Maupay will be plying his trade in England’s second-tier again next season.
A number of Premier League clubs have been named as keen admirers of the hitman’s talents of late, with Simon Collings of the Evening Standard having reported last month that Maupay himself is keen on a move to the English top-flight.
A fee of £20 million, meanwhile, will likely be required to coax the Bees into a sale.
Brentford striker Neal Maupay attracting offers from all over Europe, but current preference would be a move to Premier League if he’s sold.
Aston Villa keen.
Won’t be cheap, fee could be over £20m.https://t.co/qmemHU0wEB
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) June 4, 2019
And, as per the aforementioned report from Sky Sports, a Griffin Park departure appears to be inching ever-closer for Maupay.
Brentford took on Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev in a friendly clash earlier today, with the two sides having eventually played out a 0-0 draw.
The main talking point surrounding the matchup, though, was Maupay’s conspicuous absence from Thomas Frank’s squad.
Sky suggest that Brentford actually withdrew their star man from the club’s matchday panel, due to Maupay not being in the ‘right frame of mind’ to take to the pitch, amid the speculation linking him with an imminent transfer:
‘The Bees have withdrawn the 22-year-old from the squad and given him permission to return to France for three days because he has not been in the right frame of mind to play.’
It is added that all of Aston Villa, West Ham, Sheffield United and Brighton are keen on the 22-year-old’s signing.