Ivan Toney is ready to actively pursue a January transfer and he has informed his current employers at Brentford that he plans to leave once the winter window opens.
The striker, currently serving a ban for gambling, will make a competitive comeback in January, at which point several of the Premier League’s top teams may challenge Brentford’s determination.
Toney’s representatives have engaged in discussions with both Arsenal and Chelsea, and the 27-year-old is eager to actively pursue a January transfer away from the Gtech Community Stadium.
It seems that Ivan Toney will leave Brentford in January
In January, Toney will reach the last year and a half of his present contract, which leaves Brentford with limited time to maximize their earnings from the striker.
Brentford is ready to insist on a sum exceeding £80 million to facilitate Toney’s departure, although both Arsenal and Chelsea have considered the possibility of including players as part of the deal in an effort to reduce the ultimate cost.
Toney is believed to be taken aback by Brentford’s requested fee and is now ready to actively persuade his current club to allow his departure in January.
Earlier this season, Brentford’s manager, Thomas Frank, acknowledged the possibility of selling Toney “for the right price” but cautioned potential buyers that players of his caliber come with a hefty price tag.
He said: “I think every club in the world are a selling club except five or six clubs. We are a selling club, if the right price is there.
“I believe that if it’s the right time for the player to leave, it’s not my decision; ultimately, it would be Phil [Giles, director of football] or Matthew [Benham, Brentford’s owner]. From my perspective, if they have developed well with us, been on the journey, and have now proven themselves good enough to join top clubs, I think it’s the right move if the price is right.”