Transfer rumours: Arsenal to face Manchester United competition in Ivan Toney chase

Brentford striker Ivan Toney has emerged as one of the hottest prospects for the top English clubs in recent times. The 27-year-old forward has been an all-around package with proven offensive prowess in the English Premier League and the EFL Championship, respectively, with Brentford. 

Recently, Toney made his return to the pitch after serving an 8-month betting ban, having been suspended due to betting charges. The Englishman is a top priority for clubs such as Arsenal and Chelsea. Amid this, Manchester United is also considering joining the competition to secure his signature.

Ivan Toney attracts Manchester United attention

Ivan Toney has entered the final 18 months of his contract at the Gtech Community Stadium, resuming play in January after a prolonged absence due to suspension, which caused him to miss the entire first half of the season. His comeback has reignited speculation about his transfer.

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As per Daily Star, Manchester United have shown interest in the 27-year-old, keeping tabs on him to make a move in the summer window. The Red Devils boss, Erik ten Hag, is eager to add a prolific forward to their ranks and was linked to Ajax’s target man Brian Brobbey in January.

Manchester United have valued the English striker at £70 million, indicating the highest amount they would be willing to spend on his recruitment. They are reluctant to engage in a bidding war against fellow league rivals. 

Meanwhile, Brentford have set Ivan Toney’s minimum valuation at £100 million, aiming to maximize their return during his remaining contract term. The former Newcastle player is expected to be one of the most sought-after names at the end of the season in the English market. 

Brentford boss speculates Ivan Toney’s future

Brentford boss Thomas Frank recently addressed transfer speculations surrounding Toney, providing an update on the player’s future at the club. He hinted at the player’s possible departure amid intensifying interest from top clubs in the league.

He said, “It is relatively obvious that Ivan Toney will probably be sold this summer. We also know what he is worth. I don’t think there are many strikers in the world who are better than him right now.”

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He added, “He is a skilled striker who is in his prime football age. Personally, as a coach, I would prefer to keep Toney but one day it could be fun to see him on a top team.”

Ivan Toney has played a pivotal role for the Bees since joining them in 2020 on a five-year contract. He has scored 70 goals and provided 21 assists in 126 appearances for the London-based club. Extending his fine-scoring form at Brentford, he scored a majestic 33 goals in his debut campaign, leading the team to be promoted to the Premier League for the first time since the 1946–47 season. 


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