Brentford boss Thomas Frank will not stand in the way of Aston Villa’s pursuit of Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma as long as the Villans pay a fair price for the two talents.
Villa are aiming to seal a deal for Watkins soon – while any deal for Said Benrahma has been met with reluctance with the Villans placing priority on Watkins.
In comments picked up by Sportsmail, Frank admits that the pair can leave – but only for the right price, valuing the two stars at £50m – £25 million each.
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“I can stop all that talking and say: we know there a lot of rumours about our players because we had a top season,” said Frank.
“It’s no secret that Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma are players that other clubs are interested in and if the price is right then we’re open for potentially selling them. The rest are not for sale.
“Players come and go and we need to create a team that can perform and when some players are leaving, some are growing. they take a step up and show their quality because now they have the opportunity. Of course we’re all focusing on what we have.
“It was the same the year before when we had Neal Maupay, we sold him (to Brighton) and everyone thought it was a disaster and we just actually made a potentially even better striker so let’s see what’s happening.”
However, another Villa transfer target in Rico Henry has been taken off the cards – with Frank aiming to keep hold of the left-back.