Aston Villa will not be in the mix to try and convince Saïd Benrahma to move to Villa Park, according to reports.
As per Birmingham Mail, Dean Smith’s side will not be trying to meet Brentford’s £20m asking price at the 11th hour due to earlier additions that were made during this transfer window.
The Algeria international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League over the summer months after putting in a collection of impressive performances for the Bees. From 93 appearances for Brentford, Benrahma has found the net on 30 occasions, as well as providing 27 assists (as per TransferMarkt), which represents why clubs are interested in his services.
The skilful winger was complimented by the Bees’ reserve head coach Sam Saunders in inventive fashion about his technical ability, suggesting that the 25-year-old could “nutmeg a mermaid”.
So far in this window, Villa have signed Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore, Emiliano Martinez and Matty Cash for a collective £74.12m, which is believed to be the reason why they are not going back in for the Algerian winger.
Smith initially took Benrahma to Griffin Park when he was manager of Brentford, but it looks like they will not be reuniting with him by the end of play tonight.
Benrahma is a talented player and would have been a fantastic addition to Villa’s squad. However, having spent almost £80m in this transfer window, the funding just may not be there for Smith to bring him in.
The Villa Park can so far be happy with the signings that they have made this summer. Before yesterday’s Premier League clash with the reigning champions Liverpool, they had a 100% record and hadn’t conceded a goal.
Of course, it’s very early days as far as the 2020/21 campaign is concerned, so it is difficult to judge Villa’s business in the market as a whole at this point. Nevertheless, Benrahma could be a player in whom Smith may reignite his interest in January, maybe even next summer, depending on the club’s situation.
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