Brentford manager Thomas Frank has expressed confidence that striker Ivan Toney will remain with the club, dealing a significant blow to Arsenal’s hopes of signing him in the January transfer window.
Despite Arsenal’s reported determination to secure Ivan Toney’s services to enhance their Premier League title ambitions, Frank remains assured that Toney will stay put. The Gunners might need to pay approximately £80 million ($102 million) to persuade Brentford to part ways with the striker.
Asked if he thinks Toney will stay beyond January, Thomas Frank said: “The very short answer is yes. He is a Brentford player, he is here, we miss a few offensive players, and I cannot see why we should sell him. I would love to have him here for a long time. It is not for me to discuss [an offer], but if I could ever recommend one, it would need to be an unbelievable price, so he will stay here.”
Ivan Toney has been under suspension from football since May due to a breach of betting rules. Although he is set to be eligible to return to action later this month, Brentford is keen to retain the services of the one-time England international. Toney has been a prolific scorer for the club, netting 68 goals in 124 appearances.
Ivan Toney, who will return to action this month, might either continue playing for Brentford or join Arsenal as the Gunners persist in their efforts to secure his signature before the conclusion of the transfer window.