Arsenal is intensifying their pursuit of Ivan Toney in preparation for the upcoming January transfer window.
Mikel Arteta, the Gunners’ manager, is considering a move for the Brentford striker to enhance Arsenal’s chances in the title race.
Brentford is open to selling, but they are adamant about a price of at least £60 million for the center forward.
Toney, who has recently resumed training following a suspension for breaching FA betting rules, will be eligible to play again in January, and Arsenal has a strong interest in signing him.
Mirror Sport reported last week that Brentford has a specific valuation in mind and won’t part with Toney unless a club meets their asking price.
Arteta is keen on adding a proven goal scorer to his squad and enhancing the team’s attacking physicality, both of which Toney brings to the table, having scored 20 goals in the top flight last season.
Although Arsenal considered signing Toney during the summer, his suspension prevented the move. While Arsenal does have striker options in Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus, they recognize the need for a prolific scorer to compete with Manchester City for the title.
There’s uncertainty regarding Nketiah’s involvement in a potential deal, as he is determined to fight for his place and has earned an England call-up this season.
Arteta has demonstrated his willingness to make bold decisions, such as replacing popular goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale with David Raya.
Brentford is aware of Toney’s desire to join a bigger club, and the England international has only 18 months left on his current contract.
Despite Thomas Frank’s support and a contract offer when Toney was hit with the ban in May for multiple FA betting rule breaches, Toney has made it clear that he’s not interested in signing a new deal with Brentford.
Chelsea and Tottenham are closely monitoring the situation, while Manchester United’s interest waned after signing Rasmus Hojlund.
However, Arsenal appears to be leading the race, as Arteta has proven persuasive in previous transfer pursuits, including convincing Declan Rice to choose Arsenal over City and Bayern Munich last summer.