Sheffield United have made enquiries about a £16.5m deal for Brentford striker Neal Maupay, according to the Daily Mail.

Maupay is a top target for the Blades after scoring 28 goals in all competitions last season. Aston Villa and Burnley are also interested.

However, West London Sport reports that the Bees are yet to receive an approach for Maupay. And that they are ready to play hardball over the transfer.

The Sun claims that the Championship club are ready to accept £15m for Maupay. Yet apparently this is not the case and the Greater London side want at least £20m for the Frenchman – with up to £22m being mooted.

Maupay is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League and would be tempted by the switch to Bramall Lane. The Blades are strengthening their squad following promotion to the top flight for the first time in 12 years.

Villa – managed by Maupay’s former Brentford boss Dean Smith – are also thought to be keen after going up themselves via the playoffs.

Why Brentford are playing hardball over Neal Maupay

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The Bees are in a strong position when it comes to the future of their forward. Financially they are sound, meaning they are under no pressure to sell.

The recent £15m transfer of Che Adams to Southampton is also fresh in their mind. Adams left Birmingham City – who do have financial issues – and they believe they can hold out for significantly more.

Not only that but Maupay is under contract at Griffin Park until 2021. While the Frenchman does want play in England’s top tier, he is not thought to be motivated by money or willing to force a move.

Brentford also believe that in today’s market, Maupay’s value is only likely to increase if they wait until January.

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