Last week, Crystal Palace were being linked with a move for Brentford’s prolific frontman Neal Maupay but now it looks as though the Championship star may be slipping through the Eagles’ grasp following serious interest from Sevilla.
Reports in L’Equipe suggest that the Frenchman’s agent flew out to Spain late last week to discuss terms with the La Liga heavyweights, potentially putting the brakes on any move to SE25. In truth, Palace have been one of many Premier League clubs linked with a move for the 22-year-old but as is so often the way in summer transfer windows, if you fail to act decisively when trying to secure your targets, another outfit will step in and steal them from under your nose.
Having bagged a mightily impressive 28 goals across 49 appearances last term, (a ratio of a goal every 144 minutes) it’s no wonder the striker is in high demand but as of yet, no one is quite sure what sort of bid it will take for Brentford owner Matthew Benham to give the transfer a green light. Those outside Griffin Park will probably see a figure of around £10 million as reasonable but with such obvious interest in Maupay after just two seasons in England, the Bees may end up asking for a significantly higher sum when push comes to shove.
Whilst Palace and Roy Hodgson are in obvious need of a new striker to take up residence at Selhurst Park from August onwards, their faith in the Frenchman making the step up is yet to be tested. At say £6-7 million, it would likely be seen as a risk worth taking but if Sevilla are already close to convincing all parties to make the switch, we could well forget it altogether and move on to new targets.
How high would you go to bring Maupay to south London?