Report: Brighton in talks with £20m Brentford striker Neal Maupay

Graham Potter, head coach of Brighton during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Fulham and Brighton & Hove Albion at EBB Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Aldershot, England.

Prolific Championship goal-scorer Neal Maupay could be on his way to the Premier League with Graham Potter's Brighton and Hove Albion.

Neal Maupay of Brentford celebrates scoring the 2nd brentford during the  Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Wigan on September 15, 2018 in Brentford, England.

Brighton are leading Aston Villa and Sheffield United in the race to sign £20 million Brentford striker Neal Maupay, according to Sky Sports.

With just a few days remaining in the transfer window, the Seagulls are facing a race against time as they look to bring a new striker to The Amex.

 

With just 35 goals in 38 Premier League games last season, Brighton surely cannot afford to rely on 35-year-old Glenn Murray for yet another season.

According to AS, they have made three bids for Leganes’ Morocco international Youssef En Nesyri, the most recent standing at £18.5 million, and they appear to be going all out for the much-admired Maupay too.

Neal Maupay of Brentford celebrates the opening goal in front of the Leeds supporters during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford FC and Leeds United at Griffin Park on April...

A real penalty box poacher, the fiery Frenchman is exactly the sort of ruthless goalscorer Brighton need. He scored 28 times for The Bees last season with the Championship outfit demanding £20 million for his services – a fee that would force Brighton to break their transfer record for the second time this summer.

Aston Villa and Sheffield United are both interested but Brighton are currently in pole position. West London Sport claims that the South Coast outfit have even entered talks as they look to convince Brentford to sell.

£20 million might make Maupay the most expensive player in Brighton’s history but Premier League survival is priceless. The former Nice and St Etienne forward could be the difference between staying up and going down.

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.

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