December 5, 2023

Ivan Toney of Brentford, who is currently serving a suspension, has proven himself as one of the Premier League’s top strikers last season. It’s no wonder that he’s now linked with a potential big-money transfer.

Interest from Chelsea: There has been plenty of speculation about Chelsea’s interest in Toney. The Independent reported last month that Chelsea is expected to pursue Toney when the January transfer window opens. The Evening Standard has recently stated that Chelsea is willing to break its own transfer policy to secure an £80 million deal for Toney, even if he’s aged over 25.

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It’s evident that the 27-year-old center-forward is ready to take the next step in his career after climbing the football ladder. Could he finally be the solution to Chelsea’s long-standing issue up top?

Ivan Toney’s Best Choice: Former Premier League striker Troy Deeney has provided a thorough analysis of Toney’s next move. He’s concluded that Stamford Bridge would be the perfect new home for the Brentford frontman.

“Ivan Toney has two options if he leaves in the January window — Chelsea or Arsenal,” Deeney wrote for The Sun. “My advice to him would be to join a project where you fit like a glove — and that would be Chelsea. Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino’s biggest problem is still a need for an out-and-out striker. After £1 billion of spending, where are his 20 goals coming from consistently? So, what is another £100 million to them? That’s the going rate for a top player nowadays, and I reckon Brentford would accept £80m plus add-ons.

“Some may argue Chelsea as a club is a circus. Why would any player, especially one who has been out for a lengthy period, want to get involved there as they hover around mid-table with no European football? But elite strikers have this different sort of mindset and arrogance. Ivan will look at that team, that situation, and think: ‘Let me show you why I am the Guv’nor.’

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“At the age of 27, he will also see a highly talented, young squad at Stamford Bridge that in the next two to three years could go on to be a real force. … At Chelsea, there is a hole, a void, a chance for him to go and deliver instantly at a massive club, and a style that is much more direct and centered around a main man up top.”

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