Sheffield United target Neal Maupay could be leaving Brentford. The Sun reports the striker has been left out of their squad yet again.
Maupay was previously sent home from the Bees’ pre-season tour of Austria to try and clear his head amid transfer speculation.
Having returned to training earlier this week, the 22-year-old has once again been excluded from preparations for the 2019/20 campaign.
Both the Blades and Aston Villa are interested in signing Maupay. Villa manager Dean Smith worked with the Frenchman at Griffin Park and has been tracking the forward for some time.
However, it seems a move to South Yorkshire is more likely. Apparently Maupay is interested in discussing a switch to Bramall Lane as United prepare to make him their record signing.
Brentford are now resigned to losing their star man. Originally they wanted £22m for Maupay, but are now ready to accept closer to £15m.
Will the Blades sign Brentford ace Neal Maupay?
Blades boss Chris Wilder has already confirmed the club are likely to break their transfer record once again this summer. According to the Yorkshire Post, Luke Freeman became their most expensive signing at £6m, before Callum Robinson eclipsed that when he joined for £8m.
BBC Sport reports that Lys Mousset has since passed a medical ahead of his £10m switch from Bournemouth. So Wilder isn’t afraid to spend big as business continues.
“I think we’ll break the record a third time and might break it again, which is exciting news as a club,” the 51-year-old told Sheffield Live!
“I want another four to come in, which will give us a nice number to work with.”
Mousset is expected to be one of those four, while the addition of another striker is a distinct possibility. BBC Sport outlines United have already had a £15m bid for Oli McBurnie rejected, as Swansea City hold out for in excess of £20m.
Perhaps they will turn to Maupay as an alternative to the Scotland international.