Brentford worth Ivan Toney at £100m and absolutely intend to maintain him not less than till the top of the season.
The England worldwide is on the radar of quite a few high golf equipment throughout Europe and the Premier League, together with Chelsea, whereas Arsenal are additionally reported to be eager.
He finishes his eight-month ban for betting offences on January 16 – in the course of the following switch window – and this has intensified hypothesis that he may go away for a much bigger membership.
However Sky Sports activities Information understands it might take a monumental provide throughout these ultimate 16 days of the window for Brentford to promote, and stories of a £50m-£60m price have been met with derision within the membership’s boardroom.
Supervisor Thomas Frank acknowledged in the summertime he believed Toney to be value £100m, and Brentford would have a sound argument for charging that determine, particularly if Chelsea come calling.
Frank stated: “£100m plus?… What would you pay for a striker that ensures you 20-plus objectives? And that is 20 objectives for a mid-table membership. What can he do in a much bigger membership?”
It might be exhausting to justify something much less for a confirmed Premier League goalscorer, who was third within the charts with 20 final time period, after Chelsea had been prepared to half with greater than £100m every for 2 midfielders in Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo.
Harry Kane, who scored 10 greater than Toney, left Tottenham for Bayern Munich for greater than £100m with only a 12 months left on his contract, whereas Toney will nonetheless have 18 months left in January and is three years youthful than Kane at 27.
Toney can also be absolutely anticipated to be within the operating for an England call-up to Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2024 squad, whereas there’s not an abundance of English strikers obtainable on the market, with Ollie Watkins’ new four-year contract successfully taking him off the market.
Then there’s Toney’s worth to Brentford and their season, and the necessity for his return with strikers Yoane Wissa and Bryan Mbuemo set to go away for the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
Their momentary departures would go away Toney and Neal Maupay as the one recognised strikers, with Kevin Schade out with a long-term harm.
Might Arsenal goal Toney?
The West London membership have stood firmly by Toney and his household since he admitted to 232 FA betting expenses, placing every little thing in place for him to return and make an affect; organising behind-closed-doors friendlies to keep up his sharpness and paying his contract in full.
Toney might want to repay that religion by staying till subsequent summer season, whereas it stays to be seen whether or not Arsenal can muster the required money to purchase a striker in January. They presently have Brentford goalkeeper David Raya on mortgage with a view to a everlasting switch.
Chelsea are eager on Toney however he’s amongst quite a few choices they’re taking a look at for a brand new striker, having struggled for objectives this time period as Nicholas Jackson seems to be to adapt right into a centre-forward and Armando Broja recovers from long-term harm.
Brentford’s means to adapt in Toney’s absence has been spectacular, in the meantime, with Frank overseeing a smash-and-grab win at Stamford Bridge final Saturday that lifted them above Chelsea into tenth.
Mbuemo scored his eighth of the marketing campaign in that sport and has stepped up as extra key gamers comparable to Rico Henry, Josh Dasilva, Keane Lewis-Potter, Schade and Shandon Baptiste have been sidelined with accidents.
Brentford are excited by the prospect of what they’ll obtain this time period when all these gamers return; chief amongst them Toney, who might but hearth them to a different top-half end within the Premier League.