Report: Aston Villa-linked Maupay keen to explore Sheffield Utd move

Neal Maupay of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford FC and Leeds United at Griffin Park on April 22, 2019 in Brentford, England.

Brentford striker Neal Maupay looks set to move on this summer.

Neal Maupay of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford FC and Leeds United at Griffin Park on April 22, 2019 in Brentford, England.

According to The Sun, Brentford striker Neal Maupay is interested in exploring a potential move to Sheffield United despite interest from his former boss Dean Smith at Aston Villa.

Maupay, 22, has become one of the Championship's deadliest strikers, and his 25 goals last season have unsurprisingly sparked major interest.

The French attacker had been left out of Brentford's pre-season tour of Austria to clear his head, and speculation continues to surround his future.

 

Despite receiving interest from Villa, it's thought that Maupay is interested in exploring a potential move to Sheffield United, another newly-promoted Premier League side.

Those chance may have taken a hit though, as the Blades just confirmed the club-record capture of another French striker; Lys Mousset of Bournemouth.

Chris Wilder now has Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick and Mousset at his disposal, whilst he could also use new signing Callum Robinson off a striker.

Neal Maupay of Brentford celebrate after scoring goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on April 22, 2019 in Brentford, England.

The chances of spending £15million-plus on Maupay have somewhat diminished, but Wilder may still hope to bring the former Saint-Etienne man to Bramall Lane.

Free-spending Villa will be lurking, after Maupay played for Smith at Brentford, and adding a young striker with great movement in Maupay alongside a physical presence in Wesley could be a great mix for Smith – but it all depends on that price tag and whether Sheffield United can mount a move to sign him after their recent outlay.

Dean Smith, Manager of Aston Villa celebrates victory following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in...

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