Chelsea have one advantage over Arsenal in race to sign Ivan Toney

The Brentford striker is valued at £80million.

Chelsea have one advantage over Arsenal in race to sign Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney is a transfer target for Arsenal and Chelsea in January
Ivan Toney is a transfer target for Arsenal and Chelsea in January (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal must sell first before they can afford to launch a bid to sign Ivan Toney from Brentford in January.

The Brentford striker is expected to leave the Bees when the transfer window reopens with the west London club holding out for a fee in the region of £80million.

Concerns over Gabriel Jesus’s durability and Eddie Nketiah’s ability to lead the linefor a club of Arsenal’s stature on a regular basis have prompted Mikel Arteta to step up his interest in the 27-year-old.

Toney will be eligible to make his comeback come the New Year when his eight-month ban for breeching betting regulations comes to and end.

The centre forward is known to be a keen admirer of Arsenal but after another summer of major investment, the Gunners needs to raise funds through player sales, according to The Athletic, if they are to come up with a bid that would convince Brentford to sell.

Arsenal have been without Gabriel Jesus for most of the season so far
Arsenal have been without Gabriel Jesus for most of the season so far (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal spent over £200m in the summer on the likes of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber, while they were only able to sign David Raya from Brentford on loan in able to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

Chelsea, meanwhile, would have few difficulties in matching Brentford’s valuation but they have thus far restricted themselves to signing players under the age of 25 over the course of their ambitious rebuild led by Todd Boehly.

The Blues turned down the chance to sign James Maddison in the summer and instead opted against competing for the services of a player who has made an instant impact at Spurs since joining from Leicester.

Manchester United also retain an interest in Toney, but they are likely to be restricted to loan signings, as they were 12 months ago when Erik ten Hag was only able to sign Wout Weghorst on a temporary basis following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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